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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Brewers Hold Off Braves in the Rain

Ben Sheets did not have his strikeout pitch working. What he had was still plenty good.

Sheets pitched seven strong innings and Brady Clark drove in three runs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Atlanta 9-6 Saturday night, snapping the Braves' season-high six-game winning streak.

Sheets (5-6), who struck out a franchise-record 18 Braves last season in a 4-1 win, had only four strikeouts, but was nearly as effective.

"He had his killer breaking ball that day. Tonight it was only good," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

The right-hander gave up three hits and two runs in the first, then held the Braves scoreless over the next six innings. He allowed eight hits and walked one in helping the Brewers end a three-game skid.

"My breaking ball hasn't been that good (this season)," Sheets said. "When I get that pitch going, I'll get more strikeouts. I feel it coming."

Sheets lowered his ERA to 3.41.

Chris Capuano (9-6) will close out the series on Sunday versus Roman Colon (1-4).


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