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Cameron comes up big in return, helps Brewers back up shaky Sheets

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CHICAGO -- Anxious and antsy before the game, Mike Cameron could finally relax when it was over. The veteran waited for his opportunity and made a big impact once he got it.

Cameron had three hits, including a two-run single in the seventh that broke open the game, and the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 10-7 on Tuesday night to overcome a shaky outing by Ben Sheets.

The game was delayed 13 minutes before the top of the third, when plate umpire Jerry Crawford went to the hospital because he was feeling ill. They went with a three-man crew the rest of the way.

Cameron, meanwhile, gave a slumping offense a much-needed spark after serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive twice for a banned stimulant while with San Diego. And the Brewers sent the NL Central leaders to their fourth loss in five games.

"I had a little bit of the jitters getting into the (batters) box," Cameron said.

It certainly did not show.

Cameron, who signed a one-year contract in the offseason, singled in J.J. Hardy and Tony Gwynn in the seventh after Michael Wuertz walked Jason Kendall with the bases loaded.

Cameron was relieved to see his name in the starting lineup, batting second and playing center, after seeing it linked with the word "suspension" in countless articles. He was restless, too. And he immediately unleashed his pent up energy -- and frustration.

He doubled high off the wall in left in the first and scored, and added a single and run in the third.

"It was good to get that first one out of the way," Cameron said. "After that, it kind of goes on cruise control, back to normal and everything. It was real good tonight."

Bill Hall, Corey Hart and Hardy each had three hits, and the Brewers banged out 17 in all -- the most for them since they had 19 against St. Louis on Aug. 14. Hall singled in Hart with two out in the fifth, putting the Brewers ahead for good 5-4. Milwaukee got another run in the sixth when Kendall scored on Ryan Braun's force out.

That made a winner of Sheets (4-0), who had a question afterward.

"Have you ever seen me walk that many batters or throw that many balls?" he asked.

No one had. The seven he issued over five innings, while striking out two, were a career-high. He allowed four runs and three hits in his first appearance since leaving after five innings against Cincinnati April 18.

"Yeah, I felt rusty," said Sheets, who missed a scheduled start against Philadelphia because of tightness in his right triceps. "I felt real rusty."

Eric Gagne pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save in 12 chances, but it wasn't easy. Geovany Soto doubled with one out and Mike Fontenot walked with two out, before Reed Johnson forced the runner at third.

The inning -- and the night -- were wasted opportunities for the Cubs. They pounded out seven runs and 11 hits on a night when Sheets wasn't himself, but came up short.

"We swung the bats well," said Chicago's Derrek Lee, who tied a club record for home runs in April when he hit his eighth. "They just outhit us."

Lee joined Sammy Sosa and Lee Walls in the club's record book when he went deep leading off the third, and the Cubs added another run in the inning to tie it at 4.

But like Sheets, Cubs starter Jason Marquis (1-1) struggled. He allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings while walking one and striking out two, and the bullpen wasn't much help. Four relievers combined to allow five runs and seven hits while walking three.

"I didn't make the pitches when I needed to," Marquis said. "They jumped on every mistake."

Notes

  • Sheets' previous career-high was six walks against Houston on Sept. 3, 2007.
  • Piniella said Alfonso Soriano (strained right calf) will remain at the top of the order when he returns from the DL on Thursday.
 
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Mike Cameron (right) makes a strong impression as he comes back from a 25-game suspension. (AP)
Mike Cameron (right) makes a strong impression as he comes back from a 25-game suspension. (AP)  

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Fontenot
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Milwaukee

M. Cameron
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B6010014 .190
Mike Cameron, CF5232100 .600
Ryan Braun, LF5121012 .262
Prince Fielder, 1B3112001 .247
Corey Hart, RF5231011 .299
Bill Hall, 3B5132003 .242
J.J. Hardy, SS4131101 .242
Ben Sheets, P2000003 .000
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH0100100 .417
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000001 .297
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
Jason Kendall, C4111101 .305
Totals4010171043  
a-walked for Riske in the 7th
b-popped out for Torres in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron (1, Marquis), Ryan Braun (8, Marquis), Prince Fielder (6, Lieber), Corey Hart (6, Marquis)
3B - Corey Hart (2, Marquis)
SF - Prince Fielder 2 (5)
SH - Ben Sheets (3)
RBI - Mike Cameron 2 (2), Ryan Braun (15), Prince Fielder 2 (20), Corey Hart (12), Bill Hall 2 (19), J.J. Hardy (8), Jason Kendall (9)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Cameron 2 (2), Bill Hall (8), J.J. Hardy (3)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder
E - Prince Fielder (3, Dropped fly), Bill Hall (3, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets (W,4-0) 5343721 1.64
David Riske (H,4) 1200000 6.39
Salomon Torres 1433020 3.44
Guillermo Mota (H,4) 1100020 2.77
Eric Gagne (S,8) 1100110 5.68
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 108-60, David Riske 13-8, Salomon Torres 19-13, Guillermo Mota 25-17, Eric Gagne 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 8-6, David Riske 1-1, Eric Gagne 2-0
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 26, David Riske 4, Salomon Torres 7, Guillermo Mota 4, Eric Gagne 5
Chicago Cubs
Reed Johnson, LF-CF5001014 .303
Ryan Theriot, SS5010001 .319
Derrek Lee, 1B4111111 .355
Aramis Ramirez, 3B2010310 .286
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5210015 .319
Mark DeRosa, 2B-LF4220100 .284
Geovany Soto, C4120103 .325
Felix Pie, CF1001112 .225
    Kevin Hart, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Murton, PH1110000 .167
    Jon Lieber, P0000000 .000
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1000011 .063
Jason Marquis, P2001012 .167
    Mike Fontenot, 2B2023100 .238
Totals36711787  
a-singled for Wuertz in the 7th
b-struck out for Lieber in the 9th
Batting
2B - Geovany Soto (8, Gagne), Mike Fontenot (3, Torres)
HR - Derrek Lee (8, Sheets)
SF - Reed Johnson (2), Felix Pie (1)
RBI - Reed Johnson (10), Derrek Lee (22), Felix Pie (7), Jason Marquis (3), Mike Fontenot 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Fontenot 3 (5)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Lee, Hart-Theriot-Lee
E - Derrek Lee (3, Missed catch of throw)
Chicago Cubs
Jason Marquis (L,1-1) 51055120 4.45
Kevin Hart 1.1433110 5.06
Sean Marshall0011100 3.60
Michael Wuertz 0.2100100 4.97
Jon Lieber 2211000 2.30
IBB - Hardy by Jason Marquis
WP - Jason Marquis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 98-57, Kevin Hart 22-13, Sean Marshall 7-3, Michael Wuertz 13-6, Jon Lieber 34-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 6-7, Kevin Hart 2-0, Michael Wuertz 1-1, Jon Lieber 3-3
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 26, Kevin Hart 8, Sean Marshall 1, Michael Wuertz 4, Jon Lieber 8
Game Information
Attendance - 39543
Game Time - 3:40
Temperature - 38
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Brian O'Nora