ATLANTA (AP) -CC Sabathia was working on another complete game when Brewers manager
decided to lift the big left-hander in the ninth inning.
The way Sabathia is going, it's likely to happen his next time out anyway.
Sabathia pitched deep into the game in another terrific outing for Milwaukee and
hit two home runs Saturday, leading the Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the
Sabathia struck out nine in 8 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He improved to 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA in six starts
with Milwaukee, which acquired him from the
''It's been going well so far,'' Sabathia said. ''I just want to be able to keep us in games.''
The Brewers equaled a club record with their ninth straight road win and stayed four games back of NL Central-leading Chicago,
which beat Pittsburgh 5-1 on Saturday. Milwaukee has won the first two games of its series with Atlanta after being swept
in a four-game series at home against the Cubs.
Sabathia, looking for his fourth complete game with the Brewers, departed after
led off the ninth with a double and advanced to third on a groundout. He threw 109 pitches.
''I don't want him to throw 125 pitches every time out,'' Yost said. ''It's senseless. I don't mind 110.''
Sabathia said he wanted to finish but understood why Yost replaced him with
''When he came to take me out, I wasn't surprised,'' Sabathia said.
Torres got the final two outs for his 21st save in 25 attempts, yielding a two-out RBI single to
on a flyball to center to end the game.
(2-5) set down 15 straight Brewers after
's leadoff single in the second, but Fielder led off the seventh with his 24th home run, tying it at 1.
followed with a bunt single, took second on a groundout and scored on a two-out double by
Fielder hit a two-run drive off
in the eighth, and has homered in four straight games.
''I just swing hard and try to hit it,'' Fielder said. ''I don't know how to swing easy. All I try to do is keep my head on
the ball, but that's the same with everybody. If you keep your head on it, you'll hit it.''
Atlanta has lost seven of eight.
Morton, making his ninth start, went seven innings, the longest of his brief career. The right-hander allowed two runs and
''It was a confidence builder, a big step,'' Morton said. ''I just hope I can build on it. My first five outings, it was hard
to realize I was pitching in the big leagues. Today it was more of a feeling that it was just a baseball game. It was the
first time I felt like that.''
Sabathia (5-0), who surrendered a run-scoring single to
in the first, went on his own streak, retiring 12 straight after giving up a leadoff single to Johnson in the second. The
streak ended when
singled to open the sixth.
Notes: The Brewers also won nine straight road games from June 8-June 17, 1973. ... Sabathia was 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA and three
complete games with the Indians this season. ... Atlanta LHP
, on the disabled list since June 11 with a left elbow strain, will make a rehab appearance with Class A Myrtle Beach on Monday.
... Atlanta LF Infante batted cleanup for the first time in his five-plus seasons in the majors. ... The Braves designated
for assignment and purchased the contract of RHP
from Triple-A Richmond. ... Umpire Jerry Crawford, who left Friday night's game with a sore back, also missed Saturday's game.
He was replaced by Chad Fairchild.