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Updated: Saturday, April 26, 2003 1:41 AM EDT
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Milwaukee Brewers
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12 12 0
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MILWAUKEE 12, ATLANTA 5
 

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Richie Sexson and John Vander Wal ended the Milwaukee Brewers ' power outage.

Sexson recorded his second career three-homer game and John Vander Wal hit a pair, including a grand slam, powering the Brewers to a 12-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves .

With his team homerless since last Friday, Sexson belted a three-run shot in the first inning to ignite the rout and his first three-homer game since September 25, 2001 at Arizona.

"The reason you hit them is because you're not thinking about them," Sexson said. "Those are awful fun. You are not going to have too many nights like that."

Milwaukee went five games and 207 at-bats between home runs.

"Nobody knew that," Sexson said. "Offensively, we've been doing things right this year. If we get a timely hit, a timely pitch, we could have won a few more games."

In his 13th career multi-homer game, Sexson also broke the team record with 14 total bases, one more than Paul Molitor had on May 12, 1982 at Kansas City.

Vander Wal launched a two-run shot in the third off starter Shane Reynolds (1-1) and slugged his third career grand slam in the fourth to open a commanding 11-0 lead.

The Milwaukee right fielder's six RBI marked a career high. Vander Wal's last grand slam and previous career high of five RBI came on June 21, 2000 at Montreal as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates .

"One for the books," Vander Wal said. "Sometimes you're a good player and make solid contact. I was a good player."

Brewers starter Ben Sheets (2-2) was less than effective, allowing five runs and 11 hits in seven innings with a walk and six strikeouts.

"I'd like to pitch in them (blowouts) all the time," Sheets said. "I made a couple of bad ones. They've had pretty good success against me."

After failing to allow an earned run in his first two starts, Reynolds surrendered a career-high 10 in 3 1/3 innings. It surpassed his previous high of nine, which he surrendered in two innings on July 17, 1996 at Florida.

"I just completely didn't locate my pitches," Reynolds said. "I throw one good pitch and then one bad pitch. I could never get consistent and be consistent with good pitches. It seemed like every time I made a bad pitch, they got a hit."

Reynolds entered the game without allowing an earned run in 12 1/3 innings before the Brewers crossed the plate four times in the first.

This marked the fifth time this season the normally stingy Braves have given up at least 10 runs. They only allowed double-digit runs five times during the entire 2002 campaign.

"They didn't leave anybody on base," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "They cleaned the plates, the table, the garbage, everything."

Brewers manager Ned Yost enjoyed a happy return to Turner Field. He spent the previous 12 seasons with the Braves, including the last four as third base coach, before taking the reins in Milwaukee on October 29.

"The only time it felt weird was when Andruw (Jones) was on third base," Yost said. "I looked over and I saw Andruw standing over there. I've seen that so many times standing next to them.

"I've just gotten used to not seeing Andruw and Chipper (Jones) and Greg Maddux and those guys. It's still strange. I still expect to walk in and see them. It's great to see everybody."

Milwaukee snapped its five-game losing streak against Atlanta.


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