Sheets ends Braves' winning streak
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- A relentless rain and the streaking
were no match for
Sheets tossed seven strong innings in inclement weather that wreaked havoc on the playing field, lifting the
to a 9-6 victory over the Braves, who had won a season-high six straight.
With Hurricane Dennis bearing down on the South, Sheets had to contend with a delay to start the game and multiple stoppages for field maintenance, although the tarp never was put on.
However, it did not bother the 27-year-old righthander as he won his third straight decision. Sheets allowed two runs - both in the first inning - and eight hits, striking out four and walking one.
"The mound was fine," Sheets said. "It was keeping a grip on the ball (that was difficult) for me. I knew I had good stuff."
"He's tough," Atlanta shortstop
said. "When you have a fastball that's 94-95 (miles per hour) and you throw in a curveball 10-15 miles per hour less than your fastball, you take the batters out of control of the situation."
After surrendering an RBI groundout by
and a run-scoring double by
in the first, Sheets took charge. He yielded just five singles thereafter and improved to 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his last three starts against the Braves.
Since returning from an inner ear infection in late-May that caused him to miss over a month, Sheets has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of nine starts.
"Since I've come back, I think I've been throwing the ball well," Sheets said. "I feel like I've been keeping us in games."
"He's very blessed," said Milwaukee first baseman
, who drove in the game's first run with a double in the first. "He throws strikes and locates well."
, who did not have an RBI since June 22, delivered a two-run double in the top of the second inning to give the Brewers the lead for good, 3-2.
"Anytime you can drive in runs, it's good," said Clark, who leads the club with 60 runs scored. "It's big to pick up those two runs."
Clark added a sacrifice fly to cap Milwaukee's two-run rally in the sixth against reliever
, making it 6-2.
Gryboski, who carried a nine-inning scoreless streak into the contest, had to endure one delay to touch up the dirt in front of the plate and, after slipping on his first delivery following the delay, watched again as the grounds crew worked on the mound and the infield for an extended period of time.
"The field in general was a tough playing surface," Gryboski said. "It was tough throwing the ball. The ball was wet and my glove was soaked."
"It was too bad (Gryboski) had to pitch in that," Braves manager
said. "It wasn't going to stop raining and it wasn't going to rain harder. They were trying to get (the game) in."
The steady rain slowed down after Gryboski left the mound.
"I thought there was no way we were going to get nine innings in," Overbay said. "(The grounds crew) did a heck of a job."
Milwaukee increased its advantage to 9-2 before Atlanta managed four in the ninth, three on rookie
's sixth home run.
Braves rookie starter
(4-3) was reached for four runs in five innings in his first loss in five starts.
"It's not good when they score two for you and you give up three more," Davies said. "You want to try to keep the momentum on your side."
The nine runs allowed by Atlanta were the most since June 19.