Sheets stellar as Brewers complete sweep of Giants

MILWAUKEE(AP) -- The way Moises Alou sees it, there is still
plenty for the San Francisco Giants to play for even though they
are all but eliminated from the playoff race.

Alou collected his 2,000th career hit but Ben Sheets pitched
eight solid innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Giants
5-3 Sunday, completing a four-game sweep.

The loss coupled with San Diego's 2-1 win over the Pirates
eliminated San Francisco from the NL West race. The Giants trail
the Phillies by seven for the wild card with seven to go.

San Francisco has lost nine of its last 11 games and has been
outscored 93-50 in its last nine.

"You have got to play for the fans," said Alou, whose
second-inning double was his 2,000th hit. "You have to respect the
fans, especially with the Dodgers coming to town. You have to be a
professional about it. You can't go out there and go through the

Mike Rivera hit a bases-clearing double in the sixth to lead the
Brewers, who won their fifth straight, their longest winning streak
since they won five in a row to start the season.

Sheets (6-7) yielded two runs and five hits. He struck out six
and didn't walk a batter.

"We located the ball," Sheets said. "Mike (Rivera) called a
good game out there."

Rivera also had the key hit off Giants starter Matt Cain
(13-11), who gave up five runs and seven hits with five walks in
seven innings. He struck out seven.

Cain was 5-1 in his previous seven starts with a 1.52 ERA.

Sunday, he pitched well until the sixth, when he walked the
bases loaded with two outs and Rivera, the backup catcher, lined an
0-2 double high off the wall in left-center to drive in Bill Hall,
Geoff Jenkins and David Bell.

"I am still frustrated with myself about that," Cain said. "I
don't know. I just walked three guys that are (free) swingers, and
I just didn't give them a chance to swing. I just messed up
terribly 0-2 to Rivera."

Francisco Cordero allowed Pedro Feliz's one-out RBI single in
the ninth before getting Eliezer Alfonzo to ground into a double
play with the bases loaded. It was Cordero's 16th save in 16
chances since joining the Brewers on July 28.

Barry Bonds did not play for the Giants one day after passing
Hank Aaron for the National League home run record (734). Manager
Felipe Alou said Bonds was available to pinch hit in the ninth, but
he did not want to take out Alfonzo, who had two doubles.

"We kind of kept looking for him once the winning run got to
the plate," Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Bonds. "I'm glad
they didn't use him."

Said Felipe Alou: "Usually we send for him. If we had been in
the pennant race, I would have called for him. But it's not the

Alou joined 243 other players in the 2,000-hit club. Felipe Alou
had 2,101 hits in his 17-year career.

"It's nice to have in the family two guys with 2,000," Felipe
Alou said. "I don't know how many families can claim that."

Game notes
Alou now needs just one more double to reach 400 in his
career. ... Milwaukee finished the season 48-33 at home -- the most
wins for the team in any season at Miller Park. ... Sheets has
thrown at least six innings in nine straight starts since leaving a
game Aug. 5 after the first inning with an injury. In those nine
starts, Sheets has struck out 65 and walked six.