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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Brewers Lose 4-8



The Braves spoiled the Brewers' chance to get to .500 for the first time since Aug. 7, when they were 56-56. They also ruined Rick Helling's first major-league start since Aug. 13, 2003, against Tampa Bay while with Baltimore.

Helling had made eight relief appearances since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Nashville on July 27. He replaced ineffective Victor Santos, who was demoted to the bullpen Aug. 23.

Helling left with a 4-2 lead after walking Furcal to start the fifth. He allowed three runs and four hits and struck out three in four-plus innings, his longest outing this season in the majors.
"The walks drive me crazy," Helling said. "There's no excuse for that."

Santos (4-13) took the loss after he failed to hold the lead as the Braves scored three times to go ahead 5-4. Marcus Giles doubled, Jones followed with a two-run single and Francoeur hit a two-out single.

It was Santos' second relief appearance and first since April 30.

"The bullpen just struggled," Yost said. "They hit the ball hard and they found the holes."

Jenkins hit a line-drive home run just over the wall in right to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead in the second. Smoltz singled and scored on Giles' two-out double off the wall in center as the Braves made it 2-1 the third.

Lyle Overbay walked and scored on Hall's 16th home run, a shot that glanced off the right-field foul pole, as Milwaukee retook the lead 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

"The home runs just shocked me," said Smoltz, who retired 10 of the next 12 batters after Hall's drive. "We needed to win, and the guys came through. I knew if I could keep it close, that we would have a chance."

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