Cincinnati had won 13 of its previous 18 games to reach .500 for the first time since Opening Day, including three victories in the bottom of the ninth or 10th since Monday, but the Reds could not rally this time and saw their six-game home winning streak snapped.
The game was tied, 1-1, with two outs in the top of the third inning when
drew a walk from
(0-1) and Sexson followed with an upper deck homer to left field.
It was Sexson's National League-leading 12th home run and the first to reach the upper deck at Great American Ball Park.
"I hit it good," Sexson said. "The ball just flies here. I guarantee you that I won't be the last one to do it."
"He generates tremendous power from that tall frame," Brewers manager
said of the 6-7 Sexson.
Milwaukee stretched its lead to 5-1 one inning later on a sacrifice fly by
and an RBI groundout by Sanchez.
"It was very important to get out to a good start after last night," said Sexson, referring to a 7-6 setback in 10 innings in which the Reds tied the game in the ninth before winning in the 10th. "Those are the worst losses. They're tough to swallow. You have to learn to forget about them as soon as you can."
"The guys didn't let last night affect them," Yost said. "They all worked hard and played hard. I could tell when the guys were coming in here this afternoon that would be the case."
(4-3) allowed two runs and 10 hits in six innings to pick up the victory. He struck out six batters and walked one.
"He was in control of his mechanics," Yost said. "He had trouble getting on top of his breaking ball early but he made an adjustment and pitched great. You try to make the opposing team beat you, don't beat yourself."
Making just his second start, Riedling surrendered six runs - five earned - and six hits in four innings.
"I was trying to be too perfect," Riedling said. "You can't fall behind like that. Guys like Sexson are paid to hit pitches when they get ahead in the count."
"We had bad pitching," Reds manager
said. "John wasn't sharp at all. We needed innings and didn't get them. We burned our bullpen pretty good."
, who had made 133 straight starts, pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, though he did allow five walks.
The Reds' five pitchers gave up 13 walks - their most since allowing 13 to the
Los Angeles Dodgers
on May 24, 1981. Sexson, Podsednik and
each drew three.