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Bonds hits homer No. 498 in loss

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers have a case of home run fever. And it's spreading.

Richie Sexson
Richie Sexson hits one of five homers for the Brewers on the night.

"Hitting is contagious," said Jeromy Burnitz, one of five Brewers who homered Saturday night in an 11-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants. "That's one of the oldest things you hear in baseball, and it's the truth. No doubt about it."

Richie Sexson, Ron Belliard, Geoff Jenkins and Tyler Houston also homered for the Brewers.

Back-to-back home runs by Sexson and Burnitz highlighted a five-run third inning when the Brewers took a 6-1 lead before a crowd of 42,080, the largest to attend a game at new Miller Park.

"They've got seven or eight guys that can go out of the ballpark," Giants manager Dusty Baker. "They are going to hit, it depends on the pitching they're going to get."

This was the same team that lost 7-3 the night before and failed to get a hit after the third inning, something that confuses manager Dave Lopes.

"I'm just baffled sometimes that they don't hit collectively because they are that good," Lopes said. "Before it's all over, I believe this team is going to hit very, very well and score a lot of runs."

Lopes was also a bit confused on why plate umpire Robert Drake ejected him in the second after the Brewers tied it 1-1.

"Well it wasn't any profanity, I'll tell you that," said Lopes, who was tossed for jawing from the dugout while Jeffrey Hammonds batted. "I just didn't like the way things were going."

San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning for his fourth of the season and 498th of his career.

Mike DeJean (1-0) got the win in relief of starter Jimmy Haynes, who he replaced with two outs in the fifth with Milwaukee leading 7-6. DeJean walked two and struck out three in 1 2-3 innings.

Loser Mark Gardner (0-1) allowed seven runs on eight hits and was relieved by Alan Embree with two outs in the fourth.

After being battered by the Brewers, Gardner admitted, "This is the trip you might take an extra pitcher."

The Brewers scored five times in the third to take a 6-1 lead.

Jenkins' one-out RBI single gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead. Sexson followed with a 415-foot three-run home run to left, and Burnitz hit a 420-foot solo shot to center to make it 6-1.

In the fourth, Belliard's first home run of the season increased the lead to 7-1.

San Francisco scored five runs in the fifth to pull within 7-6.

Bonds hit a three-run homer, second baseman Belliard's fielding error allowed another run and the Giants scored again on a wild pitch by Haynes, who allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings

Jenkins' two-run homer in the sixth gave Milwaukee a 9-6 lead. Houston's two-run shot in the eight made it 11-6.

The Giants led 1-0 in the first after an infield single by Eric Davis. Milwaukee tied it 1-1 in the second on Burnitz's triple.

Game notes
Milwaukee reliever Chad Fox, called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to take starter Ben Sheets' place, made his first major league appearance since April 20, 1999, in the seventh inning. ... The ejection of Milwaukee Manager Davey Lopes was the first at new Miller Park. ... The Brewers hit back-to-back home runs for the second time this season. Sexson and Jenkins homered against Cincinnati on April 8. ... Bonds needs two more homers to become the 17th player in major league history to hit 500.

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