ATLANTA (AP) -- The hits keep coming for Matt Franco.
Franco, who raised his average to .385 with five home runs and
18 RBI in 40 games since his recall from the minors on May 29,
does even better when he starts.
After going 3-for-4 in his 24th start Wednesday night, the
left-handed hitter is batting .400 (34-for-84) when he's in the
"I'm hitting in the right spot (second). Pitchers are giving me
fastballs. They don't want to mess with me with (Gary) Sheffield up
next and then Chipper,'' said Franco, a .255 hitter in his previous
four seasons in the majors, primarily with the New York Mets.
"I don't know how to explain it. I'm swinging the bat good, but
I don't feel like I'm doing anything extraordinary,'' he said.
Millwood (10-6) allowed one run and five hits and struck out
seven in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 8-1 in his last 14
Millwood had his seven-game winning streak end Friday in a 4-1
loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
"Today was a long one for me, as bad as I've been all year,''
said Sheets, who gave up all eight runs after the Braves had two
"I just couldn't get the out to finish the inning. I've been
throwing strikes. Maybe I'm throwing too many strikes. I wish I had
Jones hit a two-run homer, his 12th, in the fifth as the Braves
won their 11th in 14 games and improved to 50-17 (.746) since May
Sheets went six innings. He gave up 10 hits, eight runs, walked
one and struck out three.
Six of Atlanta's 11 hits were doubles. ... The Brewers have
scored only 19 runs in Sheets' 13 losses, including three shutouts.
Sheets is 3-4 at home, 2-9 on the road. ... Millwood has 57
strikeouts in his last 46 1/3 innings. ... Atlanta RHP Darren
Holmes made his first appearance since going on the 15-day DL on
July 7 with a lacerated right thumb. He allowed one hit in 1 1/3
innings of relief.
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