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Updated: Saturday, August 30, 2003 11:01 PM EDT
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Milwaukee Brewers
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9 9 1
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5 10 0
W Kinney (10-9)
L Estes (7-11)
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MILWAUKEE 9, CHICAGO CUBS 5
 

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- A day after their 10-game winning streak was snapped, the Milwaukee Brewers got back on track as Richie Sexson and rookie Scott Podsednik sparked a 9-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs .

The Cubs fell to 1 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros in the National League Central Division. St. Louis defeated Cincinnati on Saturday night and Houston topped San Diego.

Sexson hit his 36th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning. The Brewers' slugger drove in four runs and has knocked in 100 this season, the third straight year in which he has reached the century mark.

"We swung the bats well and we got hits at key times today and that was important," Sexson said.

After Sammy Sosa cut Milwaukee's lead to 2-1 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first, Podsednik singled home Eddie Perez and Bill Hall in the second. He then stole second base, went to third on a wild pitch by Cubs starter Shawn Estes (7-11) and stole home, taking off when Estes, a lefthander, tried to pick off Keith Ginter at first base.

"As soon as he picked his leg up and leaned towards first, I knew he was trying the pick, so I took off," Podsednik said. "He's a little slower towards first than some others so it gave me an extra step. I've never stolen home before, but it's nice, and it's another stolen base."

Podsednik is third in the National League with 33 stolen bases.

"That was some pretty good baserunning on Podsednik's part, to get to second and then steal home," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It was a pretty big inning for him."

Podsednik's steal was the Brewers' first theft of home since Mark Loretta did it on July 28, 1998 against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kent Bottenfield .

"They executed it and you have to tip your cap to him on that play," Estes said.

It was the first steal of home against the Cubs since Scott Rolen did it for the Phialdelphia Phillies on June 5, 1997.

Estes lasted only two innings, allowing five runs and four hits. The lefthander went 0-3 in five August starts and has failed to last more than 4 1/3 innings in any of his last three outings. Estes also fell short of his 1,000th career strikeout, fanning only two to leave his total at 999.

"I'd only like to take back one pitch," Estes said. "It was the home run I gave up to Sexson. Other than that, I thought I threw good pitches."

Todd Wellemeyer was just as bad in relief, allowing four runs and three hits in four innings with three walks. The righthander held the Brewers scoreless in his final two innings, and finished with seven strikeouts.

Wellemeyer's strikeouts were the most by a Cubs reliever since Courtney Duncan whiffed seven in four innings of work to earn a 13-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on May 28, 2001.

Brewers starter Matt Kinney (10-9) won his third straight start, allowing five runs - four earned - and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The righthander struck out three and walked four, and was pitching well until pinch hitter Troy O'Leary got to him for a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

"It was one of those games where you give the offense and the defense all the credit," Kinney said. "Sometimes people look past us because of our record, but our guys work hard every day."

After Kinney was knocked out, Luis Vizcaino finished the sixth. Leo Estrella came in for the seventh, but gave up a hit and two walks before Glendon Rusch got the final out of the inning. Rusch then pitched the eighth and former Cub Brooks Kieschnick worked a perfect ninth to close it out.


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