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Brewers' manager, pitcher go nose-to-nose

7/25/2002

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.''

After Craig Biggio had an RBI grounder and Lance Berkman singled to load the bases with one out in the Astros ninth, Royster went out to pull DeJean.

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.

Ruben Quevedo (6-7) hung on for the victory, pitching five
innings. Daryle Ward hit a three-run homer in the fifth to put the
Astros ahead 7-5, but the Brewers rallied for three runs in the
sixth.

Brandon Puffer (1-2) was the loser, going three innings and
giving up three runs on one hit.

Houston catcher Brad Ausmus was ejected by plate umpire Matt
Hollowell following an animated argument after Mark Loretta was called safe on a close play at the plate.

"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.''

Jose Hernandez singled home Loretta, and the Brewers added two
more runs in the inning on a single by Alex Ochoa.

Sanchez had an RBI grounder in the eighth.

Milwaukee gained an 8-7 advantage in the sixth when Pedro Borbon
issued a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Ryan Thompson, driving
in Sexson. Sanchez followed with a two-run single.

Ward hit his seventh home run of the season, and fifth in the
last month.

Milwaukee took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Sexson's
three-run homer.

Houston tied it in the second on Orlando Merced's fifth home run of the season and a two-run double by Julio Lugo.

The Brewers moved ahead 5-3 in the third on an RBI double by Loretta and an RBI single by Sexson.

Game notes
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.