Sexson homers three times as Milwaukee pounds Braves

By Keith Parsons

ATLANTA – Richie Sexson tied a career high with three home runs and John Vander Wal homered twice to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Atlanta Braves 12-5 Friday night.

Sexson hit a three-run homer in the first off Shane Reynolds (1-1), a solo shot in the third and another solo drive in the sixth off Trey Hodges. Sexson, who doubled in the fourth, grounded out in the ninth. He finished with five RBIs and a franchise-record 14 total bases.

Vander Wal had a two-run homer in the third and added a grand slam in the fourth, giving him six RBIs. The Brewers, who led 11-0 in the fourth, had lost three in a row and hadn't homered in a week. Atlanta had won nine of its previous 10 games.

Ben Sheets (2-2) made the most of the run support, scattering 11 hits and giving up five runs in seven innings.

Reynolds, who had not allowed a run in his first two starts after signing with Atlanta earlier this month, gave up 10 runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings as his ERA rose to 5.74.

Alex Sanchez and Eric Young singled to start the game, and Sexson followed with a 381-foot drive to left. After Geoff Jenkins struck out, Vander Wal doubled and scored on a single by Keith Ginter. With one out in the third, Sexson hit a 3-2 pitch into the seats in right, a high drive that barely cleared the wall. Jenkins walked and scored on Vander Wal's liner deep into the seats in right field.

Milwaukee finished Reynolds in the fourth, loading the bases on a single by Young, a double by Sexson and an intentional walk to Jenkins.