MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- It was not pretty, but the
recorded their first six-game winning streak in more than five years.
with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Brewers to a wild 10-9 triumph over the
Podsednik scored four times and Sexson and
drove in three runs apiece for the Brewers, who had not won six games in a row since June 22-27, 1998 - their first season in the National League. It was Hall's first career three-RBI game.
"Anytime you can win it in the bottom of the ninth inning, that's huge," Brewers manager
said. "You don't really want to have to win a ballgame 10-9, but with a big crowd out there, it was really exciting baseball."
With the game tied, 9-9, Podsednik led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk against
(0-1). After Hall sacrificed and
replaced Gonzalez, but Sexson sent the reliever's 1-0 offering into left field to extend the Brewers' home winning streak to seven games.
"If this makes sense, I was trying to be kind of aggressively selective," Sexson said. "I was kind of looking up and out over the plate and that's the pitch I got."
"Boehringer pretty much had this guy's number," Pirates manager
said. "We were going to give him two pitches and try to get him to pop something up. He just missed out over the plate."
Dan Kolb (1-1) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to pick up the victory.
each had four hits for Pittsburgh, which scored four times in the top of the eighth to grab a 9-8 lead before
tied the contest in the bottom of the frame with a sacrifice fly against
"They battled back, we battled back," Wilson said. "It was just back and forth and it was a really good baseball game."
Milwaukee got on the board against
in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Jenkins and took a 3-0 lead on a two-run homer by Hall, his first of the season and second of his career, in the third.
Pittsburgh evened the score against
in the fourth on a RBI single by Wilson and a two-run triple by
, then took a 4-3 lead on a sacrifice fly by
one frame later.
The Brewers broke through for five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Podsednik rapped a two-run double and Hall an RBI single to chase Meadows before Sexson made it 8-4 with a two-run homer, his 35th of the season, against
Podsednik, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI, leads National League rookies in six offensive categories, including hits (132) and mutli-hit games (40).
"He's done a great job," Yost said. "He was everywhere today. A week ago he caught a second wind and he's been on fire. For me, he keeps adding daily to that Rookie of the Year status."
against us," McClendon said of Podsednik, who batted .545 (6-for-11) in the series. "We just haven't made good pitches."