Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/9)

Game 1: Friday, July 8
Game 2: Saturday, July 9
Game 3: Sunday, July 10

Brewers 9

(41-46, 18-30 away)

Braves 6

(50-38, 29-13 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 9, 2005

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: B. Sheets (5-6)

    L: K. Davies (4-3)

    Sheets limits Braves to two runs in seven innings of work

    ATLANTA (AP) -- 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.

    "Last year I was in a way better groove," Sheets said. "I had A-plus stuff. Nothing seems easy this year, but I can feel it coming. ... I knew I had good stuff tonight, even though they got the two runs, they got infield hits and only one ball was hit hard."

    Sheets struck out 31 in his previous two starts against Atlanta, spanning 17 innings, including the 18 on May 16, 2004. He struck out 13 last Aug. 12.

    "He mixes his curveball with a good fastball. He's got one of the best curveballs in the league," Atlanta's Rafael Furcal said.

    "Tonight we tried to make contact by jumping on his fastball, but it's tough when you've got a 94-95 mph and he takes 10 mph off of it. It takes the bat out of your hands."

    Clark, who went 2-for-4, had a two-run double in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Chad Moeller extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single in the sixth and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

    Bill Hall had a pair of singles, scored twice and drove in two runs for the Brewers.

    Kelly Johnson hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Atlanta, which lost for the sixth time in 23 games.

    Atlanta starter Kyle Davies (4-3) went five innings. He gave up five hits, four runs, walked four and struck out two.

    The Braves' runs in the first came on an RBI groundout by Andruw Jones and a run-scoring double by Adam LaRoche.

    The Brewers, who scored a run in the first on an RBI double by Lyle Overbay, took a 3-2 lead in the second on Clark's double.

    The Brewers added a run in the fifth on a groundout by Carlos Lee, his league-leading 74th RBI, and two more in the sixth on Moeller's RBI single and Clark's sacrifice fly.

    Milwaukee made it 8-2 in the seventh on Hall's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Moeller. Hall had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

    Game notes

    With showers falling since the fourth inning, the game was delayed 25 minutes with Milwaukee batting in the sixth. The grounds crew poured numerous bags of a drying agent on the home plate area, pitching mound and entire infield. The official scorer called it a field repair, not a rain delay. "I've never seen anything like it," Overbay said. "There was no way we were going to get nine innings in tonight. It was incredible. The ground crew did a heck of a job." ...The start of the game was also delayed five minutes. No reason was given. ... Braves relievers had a streak of 20 scoreless innings broken when the Brewers scored twice in the sixth off Kevin Gryboski. ... Jones has an RBI in seven straight games. ... Lee ended an 0-for-13 slump with a single the seventh. He also singled in the ninth.

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