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NL: Brewers eke out win for Sheets

By Associated Press
Published May 28, 2004

MILWAUKEE - The Brewers don't think of themselves as a team that has to manufacture runs.

They're quite good at it, though.

They managed one earned run on five hits Thursday but still beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 behind Ben Sheets' solid seven innings, an effective bullpen and an offense that has been as opportunistic as it is anemic.

"I've pitched here in the past three years and it's not like we've knocked the cover off the ball in any of those, so you get kind of used to it," Sheets said.

"These (hitters) picked us up the whole first month. It's about time for us to carry a little bit of the load."

In their past nine games, the Brewers have managed 24 runs but have won six.

They took two of three from the Dodgers at home for the first time since April 1998 despite going 2-for-25 with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-5 Thursday.

They scored all they'd need on shortstop Cesar Izturis's two-run throwing error in the first inning about 14 hours after third baseman Adrian Beltre's throwing error allowed the winning run to score in the Brewers' 2-1 win in 12 innings.

"They got a little today, they got very little last night," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "We pitched extremely well for three days. We pitched about as well as you can pitch."

So did the Brewers, especially their bullpen, which allowed one run in 15 innings for a 0.60 ERA.

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost doesn't expect his pitchers, who have posted a 3.41 ERA in May, to keep getting such little margin for error, however.

"There's going to come a time when our hitters are going to have to pick up our pitchers," Yost said, listing off his batters who have yet to get going: Scott Podsednik, Geoff Jenkins, Junior Spivey, to name a few.

Sheets didn't walk a batter for the sixth time this season and struck out eight as Milwaukee (24-21) again made the most of very little offense to go three games above .500 for the first time since June 25, 2001, when it was 38-35.

"He's one of the best pitchers in the league, and when you mix that with an offense that's been struggling, that's a bad combination for us," slumping slugger Shawn Green said after the Dodgers lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

BRAVES 6, PHILLIES 1: Andruw Jones hit a grand slam and Jaret Wright took a shutout into the eighth, leading visiting Atlanta.

Kevin Millwood allowed six runs in four innings, falling to 0-5 with an 8.66 ERA in five starts against his former team since being traded to Philadelphia before last season.

Wright gave up one run and six hits in 71/3 innings, his longest outing of the season.

CARDINALS 6, PIRATES 3: Scott Rolen homered and drove in four, giving him a major-league-leading 49 RBIs, for host St. Louis.

Jeff Suppan pitched six solid innings to help the Cardinals end a three-game losing streak and split an abbreviated two-game series. Tuesday's game was postponed because of rain.

PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3 (10): Khalil Greene hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth, and Phil Nevin had a sacrifice fly in the 10th for visiting San Diego. Colorado fell to 0-5 in extra innings this season. The Padres outhit the Rockies 13-4.

GIANTS 5, D'BACKS 4 (10): Damon Minor singled in Barry Bonds with two outs in the 10th for host San Francisco, which its sixth consecutive.

[Last modified May 28, 2004, 01:34:08]


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