Sheets beats Cubs for fifth straight time

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ben Sheets is perfect against the Chicago Cubs.

Ben Sheets

Starting Pitcher

Milwaukee Brewers



Sheets pitched into the ninth inning to beat the Cubs for the

fifth straight time, and Jorge Fabregas hit a two-run double for

his first hit with Milwaukee as the Brewers ended a five-game

losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Chicago on Monday night.

''It's a different atmosphere out there, always a little

something extra against the Cubs,'' said Sheets, who improved to

5-0 against the Cubs in his brief career.

Sheets (8-15) gave up six hits, struck out eight and walked one.

The only run he allowed came in the eighth on a leadoff double by

Alex Gonzalez and RBI single by pinch-hitter Chris Stynes.

''Ben was tremendous,'' Fabregas said. ''He had everything

working, just an outstanding performance.''

Sheets also benefited by two fine defensive plays that were

turned into double plays. Sheets left after walking Bill Mueller to

lead off the ninth inning. Mike DeJean got three outs for his 21st

save in 24 chances.

''Ben had great command tonight,'' Milwaukee manager Jerry

Royster said. ''He had command of his fastball and was effective


The Brewers, who have the worst record in the National League at

45-85, have won eight of 10 against the Cubs this season.

The Cubs, playing without Sammy Sosa (strained muscle in neck)

for the second straight day, have scored eight runs in their last

six games.

''It's tougher on the hitters than it is on us (pitchers),''

rookie starter Mark Prior said. ''They are used to producing. They

have careers with a lot of RBI and home runs. It's tough on

everybody right now.''

Fabregas ended a 0-for-23 slump -- 0-for-8 with the Angels and

0-for-15 since being acquired by the Brewers on July 30 -- with a

double to the left-field corner in the second inning for a 2-0 lead

against Prior (6-5).

Jose Hernandez walked with two outs and Mark Loretta singled

before Fabregas, the No. 8 hitter, provided Sheets with all the

runs he needed.

''I knew I'd get a hit sooner or later,'' Fabregas said.

''Luckily, I got the big hit tonight.''

Prior allowed only two runs and three hits in seven innings. He

struck out six and walked two. After the double by Fabregas, Prior

gave up only an infield single in the sixth to Richie Sexson before

being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

''We wasted a good pitching performance,'' Chicago manager Bruce

Kimm said. ''We got great pitching from Prior and (Kyle)

Farnsworth. It's a shame ... two runs. We should have beat that

club tonight.''

Game notes
Milwaukee CF Alex Sanchez turned 26 Monday. ... After

trading Jeff Fassero (age 39) and Tom Gordon (34), the Cubs

reduced the average age of their pitching staff to just under 26.5

years. ... Chicago RHP Alan Benes makes his second start since 1997

when he pitches Tuesday in Milwaukee. ... The Cubs replaced Fassero

on their roster by recalling 2B Bobby Hill from Triple-A Iowa.