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Sabathia helps Brewers tie club record for nine straight road wins

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ATLANTA -- CC Sabathia was working on another complete game when Brewers manager Ned Yost decided to lift the big left-hander in the ninth inning.

The way Sabathia is going, it's likely to happen his next time out anyway.

Sabathia pitched deep into the game in another terrific outing for Milwaukee and Prince Fielder hit two home runs Saturday, leading the Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Sabathia struck out nine in 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He improved to 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA in six starts with Milwaukee, which acquired him from the Cleveland Indians last month.

"It's been going well so far," Sabathia said. "I just want to be able to keep us in games."

The Brewers equaled a club record with their ninth straight road win and stayed four games back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which beat Pittsburgh 5-1 on Saturday. Milwaukee has won the first two games of its series with Atlanta after being swept in a four-game series at home against the Cubs.

Sabathia, looking for his fourth complete game with the Brewers, departed after Omar Infante led off the ninth with a double and advanced to third on a groundout. He threw 109 pitches.

"I don't want him to throw 125 pitches every time out," Yost said. "It's senseless. I don't mind 110."

Sabathia said he wanted to finish but understood why Yost replaced him with Salomon Torres.

"When he came to take me out, I wasn't surprised," Sabathia said.

Torres got the final two outs for his 21st save in 25 attempts, yielding a two-out RBI single to Kelly Johnson before retiring Clint Sammons on a flyball to center to end the game.

Charlie Morton (2-5) set down 15 straight Brewers after Craig Counsell's leadoff single in the second, but Fielder led off the seventh with his 24th home run, tying it at 1. Corey Hart followed with a bunt single, took second on a groundout and scored on a two-out double by Jason Kendall.

Fielder hit a two-run drive off Rafael Soriano in the eighth, and has homered in four straight games.

"I just swing hard and try to hit it," Fielder said. "I don't know how to swing easy. All I try to do is keep my head on the ball, but that's the same with everybody. If you keep your head on it, you'll hit it."

Atlanta has lost seven of eight.

Morton, making his ninth start, went seven innings, the longest of his brief career. The right-hander allowed two runs and four hits.

"It was a confidence builder, a big step," Morton said. "I just hope I can build on it. My first five outings, it was hard to realize I was pitching in the big leagues. Today it was more of a feeling that it was just a baseball game. It was the first time I felt like that."

Sabathia (5-0), who surrendered a run-scoring single to Casey Kotchman in the first, went on his own streak, retiring 12 straight after giving up a leadoff single to Johnson in the second. The streak ended when Martin Prado singled to open the sixth.

Notes

  • The Brewers also won nine straight road games from June 8-June 17, 1973.
  • Sabathia was 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA and three complete games with the Indians this season.
  • Atlanta LHP Tom Glavine, on the disabled list since June 11 with a left elbow strain, will make a rehab appearance with Class A Myrtle Beach on Monday.
  • Infante batted cleanup for the first time in his five-plus seasons in the majors.
  • The Braves designated LHP Royce Ring for assignment and purchased the contract of RHP Vladimir Nunez from Triple-A Richmond.
  • Umpire Jerry Crawford, who left Friday night's game with a sore back, also missed Saturday's game. He was replaced by Chad Fairchild.
 
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Rafael Soriano can't watch as Prince Fielder rounds the bases after his eighth-inning home run.  (AP)
Rafael Soriano can't watch as Prince Fielder rounds the bases after his eighth-inning home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Milwaukee

C. Sabathia
IP 8.1
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 9
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B3100100 .224
    Bill Hall, 3B0000000 .230
J.J. Hardy, SS4000011 .282
Ryan Braun, LF3000111 .299
Prince Fielder, 1B3223000 .280
Corey Hart, RF4110002 .280
Craig Counsell, 3B-2B4010020 .231
Mike Cameron, CF4000022 .225
Jason Kendall, C4011000 .246
CC Sabathia, P3000002 .190
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
Totals3245426  
Batting
2B - Jason Kendall (20, Morton)
HR - Prince Fielder 2 (25, Morton, Soriano)
RBI - Prince Fielder 3 (65), Jason Kendall (29)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (15), Jason Kendall (11)
Team LOB - 4
Milwaukee Brewers
CC Sabathia (W,11-8) 8.1622190 3.28
Salomon Torres (S,21) 0.2100010 2.83
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 109-78, Salomon Torres 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 11-5
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 32, Salomon Torres 3
Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, CF3100111 .264
Martin Prado, 3B4020000 .273
Yunel Escobar, SS4000012 .279
Omar Infante, LF4110023 .297
Casey Kotchman, 1B4011002 .280
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000023 .231
Kelly Johnson, 2B4021020 .269
Clint Sammons, C4010001 .429
Charlie Morton, P1000010 .000
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000011 .288
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
    Vladimir Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals33272110  
a-struck out for Morton in the 7th
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (11, Sabathia)
SH - Charlie Morton (2)
RBI - Casey Kotchman (55), Kelly Johnson (44)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Kotchman (24), Kelly Johnson (14)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
Charlie Morton (L,2-5) 7422141 6.56
Rafael Soriano 1122101 2.57
Vladimir Nunez 1000020 3.18
HBP - Fielder (by Charlie Morton)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 96-60, Rafael Soriano 20-12, Vladimir Nunez 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 12-5
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 27, Rafael Soriano 5, Vladimir Nunez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42096
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tom Hallion