Sexon has another multi-homer game vs. Braves

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves, baseball's best team, are

sure glad they don't have to face the sad-sack Milwaukee Brewers

more often.

That's because slugger Richie Sexson feasts on their pitching


Sexson homered twice, leading the Brewers to a 4-3 victory over

the Braves on Tuesday night.

In his only other multihomer game this season, Sexson had three

homers in a 12-5 victory at Atlanta on April 25.

"Just timing," Sexson said. "By no means is Atlanta Braves

pitching just easy money."

His teammates can attest to that. They were 0-for-11 with

runners in scoring position, a matter made moot by Sexson's two big


"He gets the ball out over the plate, he's going to crush it,"

Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He's hit us real good this year.

He hits a lot of people good."

With Milwaukee down 3-2 in the seventh and a runner on first

after Geoff Jenkins drew a walk, Sexson hit a 430-foot shot off

Darren Holmes (1-2) that hit the scoreboard in center field.

"I shouldn't have fallen behind 3-and-1, I did," Holmes said.

"I walked the first guy. It's a cardinal sin, walking the leadoff

hitter with a one-run lead."

Sexson's second shot was even more impressive than his first.

He reached 30 homers for the third time in his career with a

425-foot solo shot off starter Horacio Ramirez in the fifth that

gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead. It also came on a 3-and-1 fastball.

"He beat me with my best pitch," Ramirez said. "I'll be able

to look at myself in the mirror. My fastball inside is my best

pitch. I'm not afraid to throw it to anybody."

Mike DeJean (3-7) picked up the victory with two innings of

hitless relief. Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Keith Ginter also homered for Milwaukee, which won for just the

fifth time in 20 games at home against Atlanta since joining the

National League in 1998.

"Anytime you can play the best team in baseball and start off a

homestand with a win, it's real big for us," Milwaukee manager Ned

Yost said.

Sexson's slugging took the edge off Yost's disappointment over

the Brewers' lack of clutch hitting with runners in scoring


"It could have been extremely costly, but we scored enough runs

to win the ballgame and we'll worry about that tomorrow," Yost


The Braves took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when Robert Fick hit a

two-out, two-run triple off Matt Kinney and scored on Javy Lopez's


Before giving up four hits in the sixth, Kinney had only allowed

Gary Sheffield's single in the fourth and a single by Ramirez in

the fifth. Kinney walked two and struck out four in six innings.

He also got some help from left fielder Jenkins, who robbed

Vinny Castilla of his 18th homer with a leaping grab above the wall

in the fifth.

Ramirez scattered seven hits over six innings, walking four and

striking out six. He stranded six Brewers in scoring position.

Ginter, whose eighth homer gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead in the

sixth, swung at ball four -- at eye-level -- to strand the bases full

in the third.

The Brewers' lack of clutch hitting weighed on the Brewers'


"No doubt, especially with a team like Atlanta," Sexson said.

"When you get opportunities like we had early in the game, you

have to take advantage of them.

"We were of course a little frustrated that we didn't get it

done early, but Matt and DeJean did a heck of a job going through

the middle of the order to keep us in the game and allow us to come


^Notes@: The Brewers signed 2B Rickie Weeks, the college player of

the year and the No. 2 pick in the June amateur draft. He'll report

to the Arizona Rookie League on Wednesday. ... Sexson is the sixth

Brewers slugger to post two 30-homer seasons for Milwaukee. Last

year, he hit 29 home runs. This was his 14th career multihomer