Brewers 4, Dodgers 3
Sexson hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning and Wes Helms also homered Sunday in the Brewers’ 4-3 victory. One week after getting swept at home by the Dodgers, Milwaukee took two of three and won consecutive road series for the second time this year.
“Anytime you can beat a team like that two out of three, it’s a positive for us,” said Sexson, who also had a sacrifice fly. “We knew we played poorly at home against them.”
The Dodgers have dropped five of six after a 10-game winning streak, including a three-game sweep by Colorado that followed their series at Miller Park.
“We played so well for 10 games, but we haven’t played well since,” Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca said. “I think we sort of got into a happy place where we just thought we were going to keep winning. But the last six games we haven’t played well offensively, defensively—everything.”
Sexson, whose two-run homer off Hideo Nomo on Friday night broke a tie in a 5-3 win, drove a 2-1 pitch from reliever Guillermo Mota (2-2) to center field. It was the first homer allowed this season by Mota after 35 innings and the 17th for Sexson, who hit a career-high 45 homers two years ago and played in his first All-Star game last year.
“Richie’s so big, and he’s such a big presence in the box like Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. If you make a mistake in the middle of the plate, he usually doesn’t miss it,” said Brewers closer Mike DeJean, who faced Sexson when he pitched for Colorado.
“He’s been fun to watch the last three years because he’s gotten better and better as a hitter. He’s starting to take those pitches away and just dump them into right field—or drive them to right if they’re up enough.”
Jayson Durocher (1-0) earned his second big league victory with 1 2-3 innings of hitless relief in his second appearance since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow March 8 to have bone spurs removed.
DeJean, the fifth Milwaukee pitcher, got three outs for his 12th save in 15 chances.
Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead in the fifth against Kazuhisa Ishii, who hit Scott Podsednik with a pitch to open the inning. Podsednik advanced two bases on Keith Ginter’s single and scored on Sexson’s sacrifice fly. Ginter stole second and came home on Brady Clark’s two-out single.
Helms opened the scoring with his eighth home run, a solo shot with two outs in the second. Brian Jordan, in his second game back after missing two with a bruised left hand, gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the fourth with a two-out homer into the left-field bullpen after a single by Lo Duca. It was Jordn’t first in 44 games since April 3.
Brewers starter Wayne Franklin allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, striking out four and walking none.
“I’m happy. I kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win,” Franklin said. “Jordan did what he’s paid to do. He got a pitch that was pretty much a mistake. I couldn’t get it in enough, and he jumped on it.”
Ishii threw 122 pitches in only five innings, allowing three runs and six hits. He struck out eight and walked three.
“He was just fighting himself out there and was really frustrated. He couldn’t put good pitches back-to-back. It was just one of those days,” LoDuca said.
Brewers announcer Bob Uecker, who is going into the broadcaster’s wing of the Hall of Fame on July 27, received a loud ovation from the crowd of 35,611 when he was shown on the video board between innings. He stood up and bowed, using both arms, then shook his microphone to pantomime the Pope sprinkling Holy Water. … Brewers SS Royce Clayton ended an 0-for-20 drought with a single his first time up—only his third hit in a span of 58 at-bats. … Lo Duca extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest by a Dodger this season. … Ishii, who beat Milwaukee the other two times he faced them, has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last 10 starts after giving up five in his season debut at Arizona. … Helms had a career-high 10homers with Atlanta two seasons ago.