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Updated: Saturday, June 7, 2003 1:07 AM EDT
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3 5 0
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9 12 2
W Durocher (2-0)
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MILWAUKEE 9, BOSTON 3
 

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Hector Almonte joined the ranks of struggling Boston Red Sox relievers.

Richie Sexson 's solo home run snapped a tie in the top of the sixth inning and started a five-run rally against Almonte as the Milwaukee Brewers posted a 9-3 victory over the slumping Red Sox .

Almonte (0-1) tossed a scoreless inning against Pittsburgh on Wednesday in his first appearance since having his contract purchased from Class AAA Pawtucket. But his second outing was one to forget as he surrendered five runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings.

"Right now, I have to help the team," Almonte said. "I need to get people out. I didn't do that the second (time) I went out there."

Sexson hit his 19th homer, tying Cincinnati's Adam Dunn for the major league lead.

"Everybody's been swinging the bat better," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It's good for us when everyone takes their responsibility, from one to nine, and gets their job done."

The Red Sox , who have dropped seven of their last nine games, got more bad news earlier in the contest as knuckleballer Tim Wakefield left in the top of the third inning with a right ankle contusion after getting hit by a pitch thrown by Wayne Franklin . X-rays were negative and Wakefield is listed as day-to-day.

"It's a pretty bad bruise," Wakefield said. "I thought it was broken when it happened. I was laying there and it was killing me. It feels a little better now, but it's not great."

"It's a shame that had to happen," Red Sox manager Grady Little added. "Thankfully, nothing was broken, but that didn't help matters out there tonight. We had to go to the bullpen and asked them to do too much."

Boston forged a 3-3 tie on Manny Ramirez 's solo homer in the top of the sixth, but the Brewers, who have won four in a row, teed off against Almonte in the bottom half. Keith Osik had an RBI single and Brady Clark added a two-run double in the inning.

Franklin yielded three runs - two earned - and four hits in 5 2/3 innings with four walks and two strikeouts.

Jayson Durocher (2-0) replaced Franklin with runners on second and third and got Doug Mirabelli to foul out to record the win.

"I just came in a situation where I needed to get one out," Durocher said. "I was ready to go back out there, but we were doing such a great job hitting, my spot came up and they needed to take me out."

Four Milwaukee relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

Boston's Todd Walker went 0-for-3, ending his 20-game hitting streak.

The Brewers built a 3-0 lead in the second on Wes Helms ' two-run homer and Royce Clayton 's solo shot.

"We got a lot of key hits and some good pitching," Helms said. "We did all the things you need to do to not only win games, but beat good teams like the Red Sox ."

Boston got two back in the fifth as Trot Nixon delivered an RBI triple and scored on first baseman Sexson's throwing error.


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