Milwaukee 7, Pittsburgh 5

July 17, 2003 at 10:46 PM

PITTSBURGH, July 17 (UPI) -- John Vander Wal's grand slam highlighted a five-run first inning Thursday night as Milwaukee fought off Pittsburgh, 7-5.

The Brewers survived a grand slam by pinch-hitter Craig Wilson.

Pittsburgh starter Kris Benson (5-9) got in immediate trouble, allowing a single to Eric Young, walking Scott Podsednik and hitting Geoff Jenkins with a pitch to start the game. Richie Sexson hit a grounder to third and Young scored on a wild throw by Aramis Ramirez.

A former Pirate, Vander Wal followed with his fifth career grand slam, blasting Benson's 0-1 pitch over the center field fence. Three of Vander Wal's grand slams have come this season.

Jenkins added a solo homer in the second off Benson and Brewers starter Wayne Franklin (6-6) helped himself in the third with an RBI single off reliever Salomon Torres that made it 7-0.

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