Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Pittsburgh won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 15
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Game 2: Saturday, August 16
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Game 3: Sunday, August 17
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Brewers 2

(48-75, 27-36 away)

Pirates 5

(57-65, 28-36 home)

1:35 PM ET, August 17, 2003

PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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W: J. Fogg (7-7)

L: W. Franklin (8-10)

S: J. Tavarez (2)

Sanders, Redman each hit two-run homers

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.

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