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Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 12:55 AM EDT
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Milwaukee Brewers
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4 7 0
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2 5 1
W Estrella (3-2)
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MILWAUKEE 4, NY METS 2
 

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- In a matchup of two teams going nowhere, at least the Milwaukee Brewers have some reason for optimism.

Rookie Scott Podsednik snapped a ninth-inning tie with a two-out, two-run single and newly appointed closer Danny Kolb breezed through the bottom of the inning as the Brewers posted a 4-2 triumph over the New York Mets .

Podsednik continued his push for Rookie of the Year honors with the game's decisive hit, driving a 1-1 pitch from 42-year-old Mets reliever John Franco through the middle. Podsednik, who leads National League rookies in runs, stolen bases, walks and multi-hit games, was in an 0-for-11 slide before the base hit.

"That's a situation that every hitter wants to be in," Podsednik said. "Late in the game, guys on, score tied. I wasn't trying to do too much. I stayed with my approach. I tried to get a decent pitch to hit and pop it through the infield. Fortunately, he left the pitch up and I was able to pound it."

"It was a fastball right down the middle," Franco said. "That's frustrating. I haven't hit my spots. It's frustrating on my part. I haven't come in and done the job in that situation. It's a matter of location and I haven't done it."

Brewers manager Ned Yost thought the whole inning was built around solid team baseball.

"Eric had a great at-bat, 'Po' had a great at-bat," Yost said. "It was a good inning. We manufactured those runs. We haven't been doing that late in ballgames. This is real encouraging."

Once the Brewers got the lead, Kolb was dominant in the bottom of the frame, not allowing the ball out of the infield. After falling behind Raul Gonzalez , Kolb got him to bounce to shortstop. Pinch hitter Jeff Duncan struck out on three pitches and Joe McEwing grounded out.

Kolb is 3-for-3 in save opportunities since taking over for Mike DeJean .

Leo Estrella (3-2) picked up the victory with 1 2/3 hitless innings in relief.

Former Met Glendon Rusch pitched well, allowing two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Rusch, who entered the game 1-12 with a 7.50 ERA, has pitched much better since a demotion to the minor leagues in late June.

"I'm real proud of Glendon, of what he's gone through this year," Yost said. "His last four starts have been pretty darn good. We just haven't been able to score enough runs to get him over the hump. He's been battling his tail off. He was sharp and he pitched a great game for us. He kept us right there."

"I was mixing it up," Rusch said. "It's the same keys every time when you're successful. You change speeds and keep teams off-balance."

New York rookie Jae Wong Seo surrendered two runs and five hits in seven innings. He walked four and struck out five.

"Jae Seo did his job," Mets manager Art Howe said. "We're in a little bit of an offensive rut. There are several guys at the bottom of the order scuffling at the same time. We have to find out if its a wall or whatever it is."

David Weathers (1-5), who got the final out in the eighth, struggled in the ninth and was tagged with the loss.

The game was scoreless into the fourth when Milwaukee's Richie Sexson hit his 29th homer of the season - a solo shot to left field.

Milwaukee tacked on a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Sexson, who has driven in 19 in his last 20 games.

The Mets rallied in the seventh but missed out on an opportunity to seize the lead.

Cliff Floyd opened the inning with a single and Ty Wigginton followed with an infield hit. Gonzalez blooped a single into center field and Vance Wilson halved the deficit when he bounced into a forceout at second base.

McEwing, who is batting .400 (10-for-25) over his last nine games, knotted the contest with a soft single to left. Rusch hit pinch hitter Tony Clark to load the bases and Estrella came on in relief.

With the bases loaded and one out, Mets rookie Jose Reyes bounced back to the mound and Roger Cedeno flied to right.

Weather retired pinch hitter Brady Clark for the final out in the eighth and got Wes Helms to open the ninth. But Eddie Perez walked and Enrique Cruz came on to run. Royce Clayton beat out a bunt but Weathers got Keith Ginter to bounce out.

Eric Young walked to load the bases and Franco replaced Weathers.


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