HOUSTON (AP) -- Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster understands Mike
DeJean's frustration. He just wishes the reliever didn't express it
so vehemently in front of 26,755 fans.
Royster and DeJean got into a heated argument on the mound in
the ninth inning Wednesday night before the Brewers finished out a
12-8 win over Houston to stop a nine-game losing streak.
"He wanted to stay in the game. I don't have any problem with
him being mad at being taken out, but we don't need to do that on
the field. It was unnecessary,'' Royster said.
"Things were happening out there that were pretty emotional,'' Royster added. "Our guys haven't been taking losing lying down. You could feel it in the clubhouse before the game and you could feel it on the field. It's been tough on a lot of guys.''
The manager and pitcher went face-to-face for about 30 seconds before DeJean left. Luis Vizcaino came in and closed for his second save.
"If he felt like I was trying to show him up, then I'm sorry,'' DeJean said. "I was just upset because I wanted to stay in. He was upset and I was upset.
"I don't know any pitcher on this team who wants to come out of a game. I just wanted to do my part. Unfortunately I didn't.''
Richie Sexson went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs for Milwaukee.
Sexson hit his 22nd homer and tied his career high for hits as the Brewers stopped their longest skid of the season. Alex Sanchez also matched a career best with four hits.
"A lot of guys have been frustrated There haven't been a lot of happy times around here lately. D.J. was a little rusty and his competitive side came out. He wanted to stay in the game and Jerry wanted to win the game,'' Sexson said.
Berkman hit his league-leading 31st home run and tied a career
high with four hits.
Brandon Puffer (1-2) was the loser, going three innings and
giving up three runs on one hit.
"It just didn't seem like either team was going to quit
hitting, but then we hit a wall. I don't know if we got drained or
what. Then it seemed like after that play at home the tide
turned,'' Houston's Ward said. "It kind of punched us in the
stomach and took our wind out for a while.''
Sanchez had an RBI grounder in the eighth.
Ward hit his seventh home run of the season, and fifth in the
Milwaukee took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Sexson's
The Brewers moved ahead 5-3 in the third on an RBI double by Loretta and an RBI single by Sexson.
RHP Dave Mlicki will be activated from the disabled list
and start for Houston against Pittsburgh on Friday ... OF Izzy
Alcantara joined the Brewers from Triple-A Indianapolis, replacing
Tyler Houston on the roster. Houston was traded to Los Angeles on
Tuesday ... Milwaukee has out homered Houston 15-13 this season,
despite losing seven of 12 to the Astros.