Milwaukee (27-39) at Baltimore (31-35)

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  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun Jun 15, 2003
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Richie Sexson nearly started a brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

When the teams meet for the finale of their three-game interleague series at Camden Yards, however, he’ll simply be looking to lead the Brewers to another win.

Sexson was struck by a pitch from Baltimore’s Jason Johnson in the third inning Saturday. The 6-foot-8, 236-pound first baseman, who had hit his 21st home run in the first, took a few steps toward the mound and yelled at Johnson while being restrained by Orioles catcher Brook Fordyce.

“He let that one get away, I guess,” Sexson said. “As a hitter, that’s a tough call. What do you do? Do you just take it and go to first and let people keep doing that every time? What do you do? It’s tough.”

Both benches and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown. Sexson said no hard feelings will carry over into Sunday’s series finale.

“It could’ve very easily been an accident, but it’s just really bad timing,” Sexson said. “There’s two outs. … Just like I said, it’s just probably bad timing for him.”

While the incident overshadowed much of the action, the Brewers finished with their most runs since beating the Boston Red Sox 9-3 on June 6.

Scott Podesdnik and Geoff Jenkins each had three of Milwaukee’s 14 hits— two short of a season high—and six different Brewers knocked in runs. Milwaukee has won two of three after dropping four in a row.

The Orioles, who won Friday’s series opener 7-2, have lost four of six.

STANDINGS: Brewers - 5th place, 10 GB, NL Central. Orioles - 4th place, 7 1/2 GB, AL East.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ben Sheets (6-5, 4.34 ERA). Sheets had his two-start winning streak snapped with a 12-4 loss to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday. Through seven innings, he allowed five runs—two earned—and seven hits while striking out eight and walking none. The 24-year-old right-hander has never faced the Orioles.

ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Rodrigo Lopez (0-3, 7.36 ERA). Lopez will be activated from the 15-day disabled list and make his first in over a month. He had been sidelined with a strained left oblique muscle, suffered in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on May 1. He left that game after allowing one run and four hits in the first inning. In his only previous start against the Brewers, Lopez gave up three earned runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, but did not get a decision.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Jenkins, .268 avg.; Sexson, 21 HRs, 47 RBIs and 48 runs; Eric Young, 16 SBs. Orioles - Melvin Mora, .362 avg. and 44 runs; Jay Gibbons, 12 HRs and 50 RBIs; Jerry Hairston Jr., 14 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Brewers - 2-3; Orioles - 3-8.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - RHP Todd Ritchie will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday. … Thirteen of 1B Sexson’s 21 homers have been solo shots. … OF Jenkins is 3-for-3 in his career against RHP Lopez. Orioles - The Orioles said they would option RHP Rick Bauer to Triple-A Ottawa to make room for RHP Lopez. … OF Mora is 0-for-4 in two games since his 22-game hitting streak ended. … C Fordyce started his third consecutive game Saturday for the first time since April 20-22.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 15-16 on the road; Orioles - 16-17 at home.

INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL. Orioles - IF Jerry Hairston Jr. (leg), 15-day DL; OF Larry Bigbie (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Erik Bedard (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Erickson (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Albert Belle (hip), 60-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 60-day DL.

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11-13 Record 7-10
4.45 ERA 5.82
157 K 103
43 BB 43
1.25 WHIP 1.57