MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Richie Sexson hit his 19th home run, and Wes
Helms and Royce Clayton also homered as the Milwaukee Brewers beat
the Boston Red Sox 9-3 Friday night for their season-high fourth
Boston starter Tim Wakefield left in the third inning after he
was hit on the right ankle by a pitch from Wayne Franklin. Manny
Ramirez homered for the Red Sox, who lost for the eighth time in 11
games and dropped 1 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees
in the AL East.
Wakefield, batting for the first time in interleague play this
season, was carted off the field. X-rays revealed no fracture, just
a bruise. He is listed as day-to-day.
The knuckleballer allowed three runs in the second on Helms'
two-run homer and Clayton's solo shot. He struck out four and threw
28 pitches, 20 for strikes.
With the game tied at 3, Milwaukee broke it open with five runs
in the sixth off reliever Hector Almonte, highlighted by Sexson's
435-foot homer to center.
Sexson is tied with Cincinnati's Adam Dunn for the major league
lead with 19 homers.
Almonte (0-1) gave up five runs on six hits in 1 2-3 innings.
Geoff Jenkins' RBI single in the seventh made it 9-3.
Boston erased the Brewers' 3-2 lead and chased Franklin in the
Ramirez hit a two-out solo shot to tie it, and Franklin gave up
a single and two walks to load the bases.
Boston scored twice in the fifth.
Bill Mueller walked and scored on Trot Nixon's triple, and Nixon
scored on first baseman Sexson's throwing error. Mirabelli popped
out in foul territory near the seats and Sexson caught the ball
with his back to home, turned and threw past the catcher as Nixon
came down the line
Todd Walker went 0-for-3 with a walk for Boston, snapping his
20-game hitting streak.
It was the first time Milwaukee faced a knuckleball pitcher this
NOTES Milwaukee improved to 11-19 at Miller Park. ... It was the
Brewers' first interleague game. The Red Sox are 2-2 against the NL
this season. ... The Red Sox and Brewers last faced each other
Sept. 14, 1997, before Milwaukee switched to the NL. ... Tony
Cloninger, Boston's pitching coach, will go on indefinite medical
leave to focus on treatments for bladder cancer.
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