Boone#039;s blast beats Brewers

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 14, 2003

MILWAUKEE - Bob Boone got a little carried away after the Cincinnati Reds' biggest comeback victory of the season.

''Do you believe in miracles?'' the manager asked moments after the Reds rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-8 in 12 innings Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

''That shows we still have our character. To come in here and sweep and now get three days off is great. The sweep was great.''

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Aaron Boone, the manager's son, turned a miserable day into an enjoyable one with a two-run home run in the 12th.

''To be sure, it was really great,'' Aaron Boone said, ''In fact, it was awesome … especially after going (hitless).''

He was 0-for-5 before the home run, his first in 115 at-bats.

''I thought he was 0-for-20,'' Bob Boone said.

Felix Heredia (5-0) was perfect through the final 2 1-3 innings to get the win for Cincinnati.

After the Reds took an 8-7 lead with a three-run ninth, Milwaukee tied it in the bottom half on Richie Sexson's two-out single.

After two one-out walks in the top of the ninth, Cincinnati's Barry Larkin made it 7-6 with an RBI single. Following a double steal that put runners on second and third, D'Angelo Jimenez scored on Jose Guillen's groundout. Sean Casey then hit an RBI single off Mike DeJean to give the Reds the lead.

It was DeJean's seventh blown save in 24 opportunities. Scott Williamson, who came in for Cincinnati in the bottom of the ninth, blew his fifth save in 25 chances.

''I don't deserve to be the closer right now,'' De Jean said. ''I'm not pitching well enough.''

Ken Griffey Jr., who had hit home runs in five straight games, walked as a pinch hitter in the ninth. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's official statistician, Griffey's homer streak didn't end because he didn't have an official at-bat.

Brady Clark, getting a rare start in left field in place of Geoff Jenkins, doubled and scored in the first and hit a two-run homer in the third as the Brewers took a 7-1 lead after four.

''We were down early and we could have just limped out of here,'' Aaron Boone said. ''But we came to play. We took care of business and now we need to build on this.''

The Reds pulled to 7-4 in the fifth on Casey's 10th homer, a three-run shot that hit the top of the fence and bounced over.

''The three-run homer was huge,'' Brewers manager Ned Yost said. ''That cut the deficit in half.''

The Brewers scored in the first on consecutive two-out doubles by Clark and Sexson, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Wes Helms led off the second with his 16th home run.

Scott Podsednik singled to start the third, extending his on-base streak to 43 games, the longest in the majors this season. He scored on Clark's second homer of the season.

Guillen put the Reds on the board with a solo homer in the fourth. Keith Ginter hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the inning that put Milwaukee up by six, but it wasn't enough.

Notes: Sexson's longest hitting streak is 14 games from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11, 2000. … Milwaukee LHP Glendon Rusch made his first relief appearance since June 14, 2000.