MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves, baseball's best team, are
sure glad they don't have to face the sad-sack Milwaukee Brewers
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
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
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
- Home Plate Umpire - Larry Poncino
- First Base Umpire - Phil Cuzzi
- Second Base Umpire - Jerry Crawford
- Third Base Umpire - Brian Onora