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Brewers Defeat Reds, 9-6

September 8, 2002

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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Richie Sexson doubled three times and drove in five runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

The Brewers pounded Shawn Estes (5-12) for five runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings. Estes pitched a one-hit shutout against Milwaukee on April 26, when he was with the New York Mets.

Sexson had a two-run double in the first and Jeffrey Hammonds had a two-run single in the second as the Brewers built a 5-3 lead.

Milwaukee scored in each of the first five innings to support Glendon Rusch (9-13), who won his third consecutive decision. Rusch threw 127 pitches in 5 2-3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs. He walked five batters but struck out seven to match his season high.

Rusch had two singles and scored two runs.

Mike DeJean pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances.

Sexson’s second double followed Hammond’s RBI single in the second, and he drove in Hammonds again in the fourth after Hammonds tripled. Sexson drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth.

Cincinnati took a brief 3-2 lead in the second. Jose Guillen singled with one out and Reggie Taylor walked. Jason LaRue followed with his 10th home run of the season, a 411-foot drive to left-center.

Hammonds and Eric Young each reached base four times for Milwaukee. Young singled three times, walked, stole three bases and scored twice. Hammonds singled, tripled, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored three times.

Juan Castro hit his first homer since Sept. 10, 2001, in the eighth for Cincinnati, making the score 9-6.

Notes: Sexson’s three doubles matched a club record, done several times. ... Cincinnati’s Adam Dunn set a club record with his 146th strikeout, taking a called third strike in the first inning. ... Of Rusch’s seven strikeouts, five came on called third strikes. ... Milwaukee had been 0-7 at home against the Reds this year.

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