MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ben Sheets wanted to finish his first win since
coming off the disabled list. Francisco Cordero made everything all
right in the end.
Sheets allowed two runs in eight-plus innings, Kevin Mench drove
in four runs and Cordero got one out for his first save with his
new club, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds
4-3 Sunday."Ben Sheets was outstanding," Reds manager Jerry Narron said.
"It was one of the best games we've seen all year."Sheets carried a five-hit shutout into the ninth but Adam Dunn
singled and Ken Griffey Jr. followed with his 21st homer of the
season to chase the right-hander from the game."To battle back like that after the day Ben Sheets had against
us was outstanding," Narron said.Brewers manager Ned Yost pulled Sheets against his wishes."Benny didn't want to come out of the game," Yost said. "It
made no sense to push him."The Brewers then inserted Derrick Turnbow, who saved Milwaukee's
6-3 victory Saturday night after blowing four straight save
opportunities. Rich Aurilia greeted him with a home run to cut it
to 4-3.Yost pulled Turnbow after the Reds put runners on first and
third with two outs. Pinch-runner Brandon Watson stole second but
Cordero got pinch-hitter David Ross to ground out for his first
save with Milwaukee.The Brewers acquired Cordero and Mench on Friday in the deal
that sent All-Star outfielder Carlos Lee to the Texas Rangers.
Cordero, who was a closer and then a setup man for Texas, said
whatever the Brewers want him to do is fine."If I'm going to contribute to the team in any way, that's what
I'm going to do," he said.Sheets (2-3) struck out 10 and issued one intentional walk in
his second start since being reinstated off the disabled list last
week. He was on the DL for 2½ months with tendinitis in his right
shoulder."I don't care about the decision," said Sheets, who beat
Atlanta on April 26 in his only other victory this season. "We
needed a win bad."The Brewers took two of three from the Reds and won for just the
sixth time in 18 games."Two out of three, we needed to do that and we did it," Sheets
said. "Hopin' that's a step in the right direction for what we
want to do."Sheets improved to 6-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 13 career starts
against the Reds, his best ERA against any NL team. He gave up two
runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati on April 21.Mench singled in a run in the first. He hit a three-run drive in
the seventh for his first homer with Milwaukee.Aaron Harang (11-7) left after Mench's shot. He allowed four
runs and 10 hits while striking out nine and walking one in
six-plus innings."He made one bad pitch there to Menchie in the seventh, but
other than that he did a pretty good job today," Narron said.Sheets worked out of a jam in the second.Aurilia singled and Scott Hatteberg struck out before Brandon Phillips doubled to left. Juan Castro struck out and Jason LaRue
was walked intentionally, but Harang struck out to end the inning.The Brewers' defense helped out Sheets with big double plays to
end the sixth and seventh innings.Another new Brewers addition, Tony Graffanino, who was acquired
from Kansas City in a trade for reliever Jorge De La Rosa on
Tuesday, went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored.
Griffey's homer was the 557th of his career. ... Graffanino
made his fourth start at second for Rickie Weeks (right wrist) who
was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 29, retroactive to July
25. ... Dunn struck out twice and leads the NL with 118 strikeouts.
... Sheets allowed one run in seven innings in his first start off
the DL, getting a no-decision in Milwaukee's 6-1 loss to the
Pirates on Tuesday. ... The attendance was 42,976, the team's 10th
sellout this season.