Ortiz (3-2) allowed one run and five hits in winning his second straight start. He threw 127 pitches and battled control problems, walking six and striking out five. The righthander retired the first two batters in the ninth before walking
"I just don't have pinpoint control like everybody else in the league," Ortiz said. "I've learned to pitch like that. For the most part, if I walked a guy, I got the next guy out. I've always felt like I've done a pretty good job with guys on base."
Ortiz also had two hits and improved to 4-2 lifetime against the Brewers.
pitched a great ballgame, should have been a complete game," Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said. "I'm personally not concerned about any base on balls. He's pitching not to try to give into the strike zone. Over the years, we have talked about not giving into the strike zone."
(1-4) was pounded for four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings as Milwaukee lost for the fifth time in six games.
"It was a grind for him all day," Bewerers manager
said of Rusch. "He didn't have an easy inning. He kept us in it as long as he could. He gave us a chance to score more runs, but we never did."
snapped a 1-1 tie when he led off the second inning by sending Rusch's 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for his fourth home run.
"That wasn't anywhere near where I wanted to put it. He just went down and got it," Rusch said.
"I didn't hit the ball that good today,"
said. "I found a couple holes in some big holes today. I'm trying to work on my RBI total. It was a good day."
Ortiz began the sixth by blooping a single into center and
had a double in front of a two-run single by Giles to make it 6-1. Sheffield had a single to left before
did the same to plate Giles for Atlanta's final run.
The Brewers got their only run in the first when
led off with a double and scored on consecutive groundouts by
and Sexson. The Braves tied it in the bottom of the inning when Furcal and Giles had singles before a walk to Sheffield and RBI forceout by