Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Milwaukee won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, April 24
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 25
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 26
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Braves 4

(9-12, 6-9 away)

Brewers 5

(12-10, 9-4 home)

    1:05 PM ET, April 26, 2006

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: B. Sheets (1-2)

    L: J. Sosa (0-4)

    S: D. Turnbow (8)

    Brewers sweep Braves

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ben Sheets is back to winning, and the Milwaukee Brewers already are accomplishing unprecedented feats.

    Sheets got his first victory since tearing a back muscle last August, and the Brewers beat Atlanta 5-4 Wednesday for their first sweep of any kind against the Braves.

    "There's a first time for everything," Sheets said. "I'm glad it was this time."

    Sheets' fastball reached 96 mph on the radar gun as late as his final inning. Sheets (1-2) gave up two runs and six hits, striking out nine in six innings.

    "Believe it or not, Benny wasn't nearly as sharp as his last start," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He's back healthy again -- we don't even think about that anymore -- and doing what he does best. He was on the attack."

    The Brewers ace's season ended last Aug. 26 when he hurt himself while pitching against the Braves. He began this year on the disabled list with shoulder problems related to the back but struck out 16 in a pair of losses at New York and home against Cincinnati.

    "I'm thinking about making outs. I told y'all, I feel good," Sheets said in his native Louisiana drawl. "I'm not saying something couldn't happen, but if it keeps going, I'm going to keep pitching like I am and I ain't going to worry about it."

    Milwaukee won three straight for its first sweep of any length over the Braves since moving from the American League to the NL in 1998. It's yet another step for a team that has real expectations for the first time after going 81-81 last season.

    "That's the class of the league over there. It's been the class of the league or in the top class of the league the last 14 years," said Yost, who spent 12 years on the Braves coaching staff with Cox before becoming Milwaukee's manager in 2003. "We've never even won a series at home against them, let alone a sweep."

    Closer Derrick Turnbow got his eighth save in eight chances despite allowing his ERA to balloon from 0.00 to 1.80. He had not allowed an earned run this season until Jeff Francoeur hit an RBI triple in the ninth and scored on Brian McCann's sacrifice fly.

    Milwaukee scored three times in the fourth to take the lead for good at 3-1. After Jeff Cirillo led off with a single, first baseman Adam LaRoche made a wild throw just over shortstop Wilson Betemit's glove on a possible double-play grounder by Geoff Jenkins.

    "Tough play. I should've ate it," LaRoche said. "I threw to the inside of the bag, just as I was releasing the ball, he went to the outside."

    Carlos Lee hit a sacrifice fly and after a deep flyout by Prince Fielder, Corey Koskie homered off Jorge Sosa (0-4).

    "He made a real mistake on 0-2 to Koskie," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

    The Braves closed to 3-2 in the sixth when LaRoche doubled home Andruw Jones from first. The Brewers scored in the bottom half as third baseman Chipper Jones bobbled Chad Moeller's hard, two-out grounder with the bases loaded.

    Fielder made it 5-2 when he hit an RBI single in the seventh off Mike Remlinger after Lance Cormier had loaded the bases on walks.

    Sheets was even stronger early than his first home appearance when he struck out 10 in seven innings in a loss to Cincinnati.

    Sheets retired the first six batters, striking out four, before McCann led off the third with a single. McCann reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Sosa, and scored when Marcus Giles hit a soft single up the middle to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

    "Same old Sheets," Cox said. "That curveball is unreal. It's the best in baseball."

    Game notes


    Sheets walked LaRoche in the fourth. Sheets has walked only one this season and struck out 25. ... The Brewers optioned RHP Mike Adams to Triple-A Nashville. ... Atlanta finished 3-5 on its trip. ... The Brewers improved to 9-4 at Miller Park, winning eight games after trailing. ... Atlanta fell to 2-11 in games in which it allowed a home run. ... Cox said SS Edgar Renteria is on track to return on Friday after straining his left ribcage against San Diego April 15. ... Cirillo started at second base for the second time this year for Rickie Weeks, and Moeller started at catcher instead of Damian Miller.

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