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Sanders, Redman each hit two-run homers

8/17/2003

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Josh Fogg only needed to get one out to
improve on his previous start. He did plenty more than that.

Backed by two-run homers from Reggie Sanders and Tike Redman,
Fogg rebounded from the worst start of his career as the Pittsburgh
Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Sunday.

Fogg (7-7) failed to get an out in his previous start Tuesday
against St. Louis. He faced six batters in that game, allowing five
hits and a walk. He left after giving up a three-run homer to Tino
Martinez that put the Cardinals ahead 6-0.

"I was joking with (pitching coach) Spin Williams and I told
him that if I got the first guy out, I already had a better game
than I did last time," Fogg said.

"That last game, you try not to let it bother you that much but
that night I was furious. I beat myself up pretty bad. I knew that
I had killed the bullpen, killed the team."

This time, Fogg allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 2-3
innings, his longest outing in 10 starts. He walked two and struck
out seven.

"It felt great to be able to go out and locate pitches the way
I wanted to," Fogg said.

Williams and bullpen coach Bruce Tanner noticed a small flaw in
Fogg's delivery after studying tapes. They worked with him during
two side sessions between the starts.

"I felt 10 times more comfortable out there, being able to
locate my fastball on the outer half of the plate," Fogg said.
"That was something I had been struggling with against the
Cardinals. It was a real minor adjustment but it freed up my arm a
little bit and let me have some finish on my pitches."

Fogg had lost three consecutive decisions, one short of his
career worst.

"He threw his pitches on the corners all day long," Brewers
manager Ned Yost said.

Jack Wilson also homered for the Pirates, who took two of three
in handing the Brewers their fifth consecutive series loss.

Sanders broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning with his 27th
homer. It came off starter Wayne Franklin (8-10) and followed Brian
Giles' one-out single.

"I thought I made one bad pitch, the one to Sanders," Franklin
said. "I wanted it up and in and it wasn't in. Usually one bad
pitch doesn't make you lose."

Julian Tavarez pitched two perfect innings for his second save.

The Brewers pulled to 3-2 in the seventh before Redman's second
homer of the season with two outs in the bottom half. Jeff Reboulet
opened the inning with a single off reliever Leo Estrella and moved
to second on a sacrifice.

Wilson gave Pittsburgh the lead in the third when he led off
with his seventh home run.

"The pitches to Sanders and Redman were bad pitches," Yost
said. "The one Wilson hit was a pitcher's pitch. That's one where
you give credit to the hitter."

Milwaukee tied it in the fourth on consecutive singles by Eric
Young, Scott Podsednik and Geoff Jenkins. Fogg worked out of that
jam by getting Richie Sexson to ground into a double play and
striking out Brady Clark.

Young drew a two-out walk in the seventh and scored on
Podsednik's single, chasing Fogg. Mike Gonzalez retired Jenkins to
end the inning.

Game notes
Yost was ejected by first base umpire Sam Holbrook in the
fourth after arguing the call that completed the double play on
Sexson. Coach Rich Dauer ran the club in Yost's absence. ... Six of
Fogg's seven strikeouts came on called third strikes. ... Pirates
manager Lloyd McClendon reversed the order of his first two
hitters. Jason Kendall led off, with Redman batting second.
McClendon said he thought it was a way the slumping Redman might
see more fastballs. ... Redman's homer broke Pittsburgh's 0-for-20
streak with runners in scoring position. ... Franklin had been 2-0
against Pittsburgh.