Sheets (1-2) struck out six and walked three to earn his first win and helped lift the Brewers to their first victory in five games at Miller Park.
The righthander picked up where he left off in Thursday's 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh. Sheets allowed three runs in the first inning and then limited the Pirates to five hits over the next seven frames.
"I thought everything was better tonight than in Pittsburgh," Sheets said. "The breaking ball was sharper and I got ahead until I got some velocity."
Sheets improved to 3-4 with a 3.93 ERA in eight career starts against St. Louis.
"In his last start, after he gave up the home run and had shutout stuff, he stopped trying to strike guys out," Brewers manager
said. "He was getting a lot of quick outs (tonight) and that is key for his pitch count."
Milwaukee owned a 2-0 lead in the second inning with one out and a runner on second when Clayton drove a 3-2 pitch from
(1-1) over the right-center field wall.
A veteran shortstop known more for his defense than his offense, Clayton is tied for the club lead with four homers and tops the Brewers with 12 RBI.
"I had all the confidence in the world in Royce's offensive capabilities," Yost said. "It doesn't surprise me what Royce is doing right now. He's doing a great job offensively and defensively and he's been great as a leader, too."
Stephenson was tagged for six runs and nine hits in four-plus innings. The righthander struck out two and walked two.
"I made some good pitches tonight and I gave up six runs," he said. "You are not always going to catch a break here or there. It doesn't always matter how good you are, you're going to get beat."
Sexson led off the third inning with his fourth homer and increased Milwaukee's lead to 5-0.
The St. Louis offense was dormant without
, who sat out after being hit by a pitch on his right thumb on Monday.
"We had plenty of team to win the game, if Sheets had not been so tough," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
The Cardinals got their lone run on
's solo shot in the seventh and had their three-game winning streak snapped.
"Judging by the numbers (Sheets) put up today, he was able to throw the fastball and curveball for strikes and the rest is history," Perez said.
There were two outs in the first when Sexson was hit by a pitch. The Milwaukee first baseman anticipated some retaliation for Pujols.
"It's just the way the game is played," Sexson said. "Pretty much everyone knew it was coming. It's just a matter of getting it done and we move on and play the game."
took advantage of the retaliation, following with a single to right field.
John Vander Wal
doubled to deep left field, plating Sexson and Jenkins for a 2-0 lead, but was tagged out at third attempting to advance on the throw.
The Brewers had a 5-0 advantage when Jenkins' double to lead off the fifth chased Stephenson. With one out and Jenkins on third,
doubled home a run off lefthander
Helms went 3-for-4 and registered his second straight multi-hit game.