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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Sheets Gets Rocked as Brewers Lose 2-11



Colorado had one more than that in the fifth inning alone and ended up with 17 hits. Most of the damage came against starter Ben Sheets (8-9), who gave up a career-high 13 hits and matched another career high with 10 runs allowed in six innings.

"It's never fun, especially when you have Benny on the mound -- you're trying to keep the game close and you feel like he's going to keep the game close," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It's just a Coors field game like that, things happen quick. A lot of runs can get on the board in a hurry."

Atkins had an RBI single in Colorado's five-run sixth inning against Sheets, then hit his first homer in 152 at-bats in the seventh, a three-run shot off Justin Lehr to put the Rockies up 11-2.
Todd Helton hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and finished 3-for-5, extending his hitting streak to eight games and raising his average above .300 (.304) for the first time since May 22. The All-Star first baseman is 11-for-25 since coming off his first trip to the disabled list last Wednesday and has raised his average 40 points since July 1.

"I may sleep a little bit better tonight," Helton said. "It's different. I'm a .300 hitter, not a .280 hitter. But I expect not to just hit .300. I expect to hit higher than that."

Sheets pitched nine innings in each of his three previous starts and appeared well on his way to another complete game in the early going.

Hitting the mid-90s with his fastball, Sheets rolled through the first three innings, striking out five of the first 10 batters he faced.
Victor Santos (3-11) will face Jeff Francis (11-8) on Tuesday.

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