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Updated: Sunday, July 6, 2003 8:45 PM EDT
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W Sheets (7-6)
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MILWAUKEE 3, COLORADO 1
 

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Richie Sexson made sure Ben Sheets ' stellar outing did not go to waste.

Sexson rapped a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning and Sheets combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Colorado Rockies , 3-1.

The game was tied, 1-1, when Jose Jimenez (0-5) replaced Rockies starter Denny Stark in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Jimenez allowed a one-out single to Scott Podsednik , who stole second. After Keith Ginter struck out and Geoff Jenkins was intentionally walked, Sexson smacked a ball off the right field wall to plate Podsednik and Jenkins and give Milwaukee its first lead.

"Right there, I was just looking for something over the plate," Sexson said. "It sank back over the middle. I was just trying to shoot it the other way. When I'm trying to go the other way, I can hit that pitch pretty good."

"The pitch was up," Jimenez said. "I was trying to throw a strike. That's all I was trying to do."

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle was not pleased with his former closer.

"He is not getting outs," Hurdle said. "We're looking for opportunities for him to pitch, but at this point, it will be tough to put him out there when we're up. Hopefully, he can find a way to become effective again."

Sheets (7-6) yielded one run and four hits in seven frames for his first home win since April 15 against St. Louis. He struck out six against one walk en route to his first victory anywhere since June 5.

"Everything was going pretty well today," Sheets said. "Location is important, no matter what pitch you throw. That's what I did best today. I threw the ball where I wanted to."

" Ben Sheets was outstanding today," Hurdle said. "He's a very, very aggressive guy out there on the mound. He was very effective. It was a very good effort by him."

Dan Kolb struck out two in the eighth and Mike DeJean fanned two in the ninth to help the Brewers secure just their second win in eight games. DeJean recorded his 17th save in 23 chances.

"It just takes one game to give you that psychological boost," said Brewers manager Ned Yost , whose team avoided a sweep. "If you allow a loss to get to your head, you're going to have problems. Everyone felt good when DeJean was out there in the ninth."

Making just his second start of the season after missing three months with an upper back injury, Stark allowed one run and five hits in six innings for Colorado, which had won four of five.

"I was trying not to do too much out there," said Stark, who did not factor in Tuesday's win over Arizona. "I felt pretty good. I wasn't too disappointed with my last time out. We got a win out of that one. Unfortunately, we came up just short today."

Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Juan Uribe doubled with one out, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Todd Helton 's double to right.

But Sheets retired the next 13 batters.

Milwaukee tied it in the third when Podsednik rapped a one-out single, extending his major league-best streak of reaching base to 36 games. He moved to third on a single by Ginter and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jenkins.

"Nobody likes to get swept, and we were on the verge of getting swept," Podsednik said. "It was important for us to get one of these games."


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