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Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 4

September 26, 2001

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PHOENIX (AP) _ Jeromy Burnitz and Richie Sexson each hit three home runs Tuesday night, powering the Milwaukee Brewers past the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4.

It was not immediately known whether teammates had ever accomplished the feat.

The Diamondbacks, opening a nine-game homestand, stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco in the NL West. The Giants lost to Los Angeles 9-5.

Burnitz, who had gone 69 at-bats without a homer since Aug. 27, hit solo shots in the second, fourth and sixth innings. It was his second three-homer game of the season.

With a chance to tie the major league record for home runs in a game, Burnitz struck out looking in the seventh. Burnitz drew a walk in the ninth after Sexson connected for a two-run homer.

Sexson had his first career three-homer game and drove in five runs. The six homers were the most ever allowed by Arizona.

Milwaukee won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 20-21. This was the first time the teams have met this season, and they play five more times in the final 11 games.

Burnitz’s 31 home runs made him the first Brewers player to hit at least 30 home runs in four consecutive seasons.

The home runs weren’t cheap. Burnitz hit one 424 feet and another 416 feet. Sexson’s first traveled 428 feet and his last one went 426 feet.

Burnitz also robbed Reggie Sanders of what would have been a two-run homer with a leaping catch just above the right-field fence to end the fifth inning.

Four of the homers came off Albie Lopez (3-7), who is 0-4 in his last five starts.

Tony Womack was 3-for-5 with two doubles and scored twice for Arizona. Luis Gonzalez had an RBI double but has just three hits in his last 22 at-bats.

Erubiel Durazo and Greg Colbrunn had pinch-hit, RBI doubles in the eighth to cut the Brewers’ lead to 7-4. Womack singled to put runners on first and third, but Danny Bautista hit into a double play to end the rally.

Jeff D’Amico (2-3) allowed two runs on four hits in five innings for his first victory in four starts since coming off the disabled list. He had missed four months with a compressed nerve in his right arm.

Sexson and Burnitz homered to start the fourth to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead. Sexson’s two-run shot after Geoff Jenkins walked to lead off the sixth ended the night for Lopez.

Burnitz followed with a homer off left-handed reliever Troy Brohawn and it was 6-2.

Doubles down the right field line by Womack and Gonzalez gave Arizona a 2-1 lead in the third.

Notes: Sexson has 39 home runs, breaking the club record for most homers by a first baseman, 36, set by George Scott in 1975. ... Hundreds of area firefighters and police officers joined the Brewers and Diamondbacks players on the field for a pregame ceremony that featured the entire crowd singing the national anthem. It was Arizona’s first home game since baseball resumed play on Sept. 17. ... Diamondbacks catcher Damian Miller left the game with a strained right shoulder in the eighth inning. ... Twenty-five couples were married on the field before the game.

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