ATLANTA -- Ben Sheets did not have his strikeout pitch working. What he had was still plenty good.
Sheets (5-6), who struck out a franchise-record 18 Braves last season in a 4-1 win, had only four strikeouts, but was nearly as effective.
"He had his killer breaking ball that day. Tonight it was only good," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
The right-hander gave up three hits and two runs in the first, then held the Braves scoreless over the next six innings. He allowed eight hits and walked one in helping the Brewers end a three-game skid.
"My breaking ball hasn't been that good (this season)," Sheets said. "When I get that pitch going, I'll get more strikeouts. I feel it coming."
Sheets lowered his ERA to 3.41.
"Last year I was in a way better groove," Sheets said. "I had A-plus stuff. Nothing seems easy this year, but I can feel it coming. ... I knew I had good stuff tonight, even though they got the two runs, they got infield hits and only one ball was hit hard."
Sheets struck out 31 in his previous two starts against Atlanta, spanning 17 innings, including the 18 on May 16, 2004. He struck out 13 last Aug. 12.
"He mixes his curveball with a good fastball. He's got one of the best curveballs in the league," Atlanta's Rafael Furcal said.
"Tonight we tried to make contact by jumping on his fastball, but it's tough when you've got a 94-95 mph and he takes 10 mph off of it. It takes the bat out of your hands."
Clark, who went 2-for-4, had a two-run double in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Chad Moeller extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single in the sixth and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Bill Hall had a pair of singles, scored twice and drove in two runs for the Brewers.
Kelly Johnson hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Atlanta, which lost for the sixth time in 23 games.
Atlanta starter Kyle Davies (4-3) went five innings. He gave up five hits, four runs, walked four and struck out two.
The Brewers, who scored a run in the first on an RBI double by Lyle Overbay, took a 3-2 lead in the second on Clark's double.
The Brewers added a run in the fifth on a groundout by Carlos Lee, his league-leading 74th RBI, and two more in the sixth on Moeller's RBI single and Clark's sacrifice fly.
Milwaukee made it 8-2 in the seventh on Hall's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Moeller. Hall had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
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|Brady Clark, CF||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||.315|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.267|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||0||0||.273|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||2||2||1||1||0||0||.266|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.255|
|Bill Hall, SS-3B||3||2||2||2||1||0||0||.281|
|Russell Branyan, 3B||2||1||1||0||2||0||1||.275|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.188|
|Chad Moeller, C||3||1||1||2||1||0||2||.212|
|Ben Sheets, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Derrick Turnbow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Brady Clark (19, Davies), Lyle Overbay (15, Davies), Geoff Jenkins (20, Bernero)|
|SF - Brady Clark (2), Bill Hall (2), Chad Moeller (1)|
|SH - Ben Sheets 2 (6)|
|RBI - Brady Clark 3 (31), Lyle Overbay (40), Carlos Lee (74), Bill Hall 2 (38), Chad Moeller 2 (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brady Clark 2 (15)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Weeks-Hardy-Overbay|
|E - Geoff Jenkins (4, misplayed ball)|
|Ben Sheets (W,5-6)||7||8||2||2||1||4||0||3.41|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 107-69, Matt Wise 36-21, Derrick Turnbow 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 11-5, Matt Wise 1-2, Derrick Turnbow 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 29, Matt Wise 9, Derrick Turnbow 2|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||1||1||1||0||0||2||.243|
|Kelly Johnson, LF||5||1||1||3||0||1||1||.268|
|Marcus Giles, 2B||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.301|
|Andruw Jones, CF||5||0||0||1||0||2||2||.274|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.275|
|Johnny Estrada, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.276|
|Brian McCann, C||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.313|
|Ryan Langerhans, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.247|
|Adam Bernero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|a- Andy Marte, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.179|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||4||1||3||0||0||1||0||.300|
|Kyle Davies, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|b- Pete Orr, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Kevin Gryboski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-struck out for Bernero in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Davies in the 5th|
|2B - Adam LaRoche (17, Sheets)|
|HR - Kelly Johnson (6, Wise)|
|SH - Kyle Davies (8)|
|RBI - Rafael Furcal (30), Kelly Johnson 3 (24), Andruw Jones (67), Adam LaRoche (52)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson 3 (9), Adam LaRoche (28)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Furcal-Giles-LaRoche|
|Kyle Davies (L,4-3)||5||5||4||4||4||2||0||4.32|
|HBP - Jenkins (by Adam Bernero)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 76-46, Kevin Gryboski 20-13, Adam Bernero 56-36|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 4-8, Kevin Gryboski 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 23, Kevin Gryboski 6, Adam Bernero 15|
|Attendance - 40514|
|Game Time - 3:19|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|