's solo home run snapped a tie in the top of the sixth inning and started a five-run rally against Almonte as the
posted a 9-3 victory over the slumping
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
for the major league lead.
"Everybody's been swinging the bat better," Brewers manager
said. "It's good for us when everyone takes their responsibility, from one to nine, and gets their job done."
, who have dropped seven of their last nine games, got more bad news earlier in the contest as knuckleballer
left in the top of the third inning with a right ankle contusion after getting hit by a pitch thrown by
. 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,"
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
'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.
had an RBI single and
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.
"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.
went 0-for-3, ending his 20-game hitting streak.