MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- There still are times when
looks like one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Hampton continued his resurgence by tossing his first complete game in more than two years, leading the
to a 7-1 victory over the
A veteran lefthander who once won 22 games and finished second in voting for the Cy Young Award, Hampton (9-5) allowed a run and five hits while walking one and striking out four. He threw 79 of 105 pitches for strikes.
"He was hitting that corner down and away very good," said Brewers catcher
, a former Brave. "That was his big game today, down and away. I was trying to hit that way. He's one of the best pitchers in baseball."
"I thought he was just in total command today with that sinker," Braves manager
added. "I think he's got the best sinker in all of baseball, and he can hit, too."
Hampton knocked in two runs and pitched his first complete game since July 23, 2001 against San Francisco. He is unbeaten in his last seven starts, going 6-0 with a 3.96 ERA.
For the season, Hampton is 9-5 with a 4.41 ERA. That follows years of 7-15 with a 6.15 ERA and 14-13 with a 5.41 ERA, both with the
"Probably the last two or three games have been similar to this," said Hampton, who went 22-4 with Houston in 1999. "The results weren't quite as good. I made a mistake or two later in the game. Today, I was just trying to keep the ball down."
The lefthander had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings before Perez singled to right field. Hampton faced just two batters over the minimum before allowing consecutive doubles in the seventh.
"His control is a lot better, without a doubt," Braves catcher
said. "I don't think he threw any pitches in the dirt. If he does, he throws one or two. That's it for the whole game. What more can you ask from a pitcher?"
took care of the offense, opening the scoring with a two-run triple in the second. He added a solo homer in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.
Hampton highlighted a four-run fifth inning with his two-run double.
The Braves took the final two games of the series by a combined score of 17-3 after dropping the opener, 4-3.
(0-3) remained winless in the major leagues, surrendering seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.