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Updated: Saturday, May 31, 2003 2:22 AM EDT
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MILWAUKEE 5, LOS ANGELES 3
 

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Eric Young used every facet of his game to help the Milwaukee Brewers finally get in the win column against the Los Angeles Dodgers .

Young had three hits, including a homer, and scored twice as the Brewers snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Dodgers with a 5-3 victory.

Entering the game in an 0-for-8 slide, Young singled twice and homered. He also had a stolen base and made an outstanding defensive play late in the game.

"It feels good, it gets us ignited," Young said. "I just want many more nights like this. If I could do this consistently, that would be great."

Young opened the game with a solo homer and, after Dodgers starter Hideo Nomo (6-5) retired 17 straight batters, sparked a two-out rally in the sixth. He singled and stole second before scoring on Scott Podsednik 's base hit to forge a 2-2 tie.

Richie Sexson followed with his 16th homer, snapping a 3-for-16 skid, to give the Brewers a 4-2 edge.

Milwaukee had a 4-3 lead when pinch hitter John Vander Wal singled with one out in the eighth. Young followed with a base hit and Vander Wal scored when left fielder Bubba Crosby misplayed the ball.

"We helped beat ourselves tonight," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "When you give other clubs runs, you put yourself in a position to get beat and that's what happened tonight."

Young capped his stellar game in the bottom of the eighth, when he made a diving play on a grounder by Fred McGriff to end the inning.

"My first thought was to knock it down," Young said. "I was able to get up and throw it. It went just as planned."

" Eric Young was everywhere tonight," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "Offensively, defensively, he was just excellent. Our defense has been outstanding. It's kept us in a lot of ballgames. That's what happened tonight."

Brewers starter Ben Sheets (5-4) gave up three runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out seven and improved to 1-8 lifetime against teams from California.

"I had it going pretty good tonight," he said. "I just tried to keep us close then keep the lead when we got it. You hold the lead as long as you can and you hope you can do it until it's over."

" Ben Sheets did a great job on the mound," Yost said. "He had a great breaking ball and was on the attack. Give him some credit. He's been our No. 1 starter. He's right about where he needs to be."

Leo Estrella tossed a scoreless eighth and Mike Dejean pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save as Milwaukee won for the third time in four games since getting swept by Los Angeles last weekend.

Nomo, a former Brewer, lost to Milwaukee for the first time since 1998. He gave up four runs and four hits in seven innings.

"Nomo threw well enough to win. We should've won tonight," Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca said. "We're not playing well defensively. That's the difference."

Los Angeles has lost four straight following a season-high 10-game winning streak. It had a seven-game home winning streak snapped.

Young hit his 18th career leadoff homer on a 2-1 pitch from Nomo, but the Dodgers took the lead on Jolbert Cabrera 's two-run shot off Sheets in the second.


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