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Fielder racks up another two homer game, Brewers blank Braves

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ATLANTA -- Prince Fielder is still looking for the first three-homer performance of his career, but he'll settle for a nice defensive play as his third game highlight.

Fielder's third two-homer game of the season gave the Milwaukee Brewers all the offense they needed and he threw a runner out at the plate in a 3-0 win over the punchless Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Jeff Suppan (4-4) gave up six hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Brewers took their second straight shutout win over Atlanta and extended the Braves' streak of scoreless innings to 22.

Milwaukee manager Ken Macha called the back-to-back shutouts "very welcome."

"The pitching coach is making the manager look good," Macha said of Bill Castro.

The first-place Brewers moved two games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central.

Fielder has 15 career two-homer games, but never has hit more than two in a game. He led off the ninth with a walk from Rafael Soriano.

"I wasn't thinking three home runs," said Fielder of his last at-bat.

Fielder gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead with his homer off Javier Vazquez (4-5) in the fifth, hitting a hanging changeup.

"A mistake pitch," Vazquez said. "He's locked in right now."

Milwaukee added a run in the sixth when Jason Kendall singled to right and scored on Craig Counsell's double.

Fielder hit Eric O'Flaherty's first pitch in the seventh over the wall in right-center for his 15th.

The Braves were held to a season-low two hits in Friday night's 4-0 loss to Milwaukee. Atlanta's scoring woes continued even after Brian McCann led off the sixth with his second career triple. Ryan Braun lost McCann's flyball in the lights in left field. With Braun holding his hands out, the ball landed behind him, a few feet in front of the warning track. McCann was safe at third with a head-first slide.

McCann took off for the plate on Garret Anderson's grounder to first, but was thrown out by Fielder's throw to catcher Jason Kendall.

"It means a lot to me to be able to help my team both ways," Fielder said of his contributions on offense and in the field.

The Braves loaded the bases after Fielder's play.

Suppan left the game after walking Jeff Francoeur. Todd Coffey struck out Martin Prado but walked pinch-hitter Greg Norton to load the bases. Left-hander Mitch Stetter struck out Kelly Johnson on three pitches to end the inning.

"I was looking for something over the plate," Johnson said. "The pitches were there, but [Stetter] is a funky guy. I've seen him maybe once before. I'm just looking for him to make a mistake that I'm looking for. For whatever reason, the pitches I got, I didn't pull the trigger."

The Braves have lost three straight, and Chipper Jones left in the fifth with dizziness but left word he expects to be able to play Sunday.

Milwaukee's Mike Cameron was ejected by plate umpire Marvin Hudson for arguing a called third strike in the ninth. Hudson's cap was pushed back as the two argued face to face.

"He said I bumped him," Cameron said. "I didn't move. I just said it wasn't a strike. It wasn't a ... strike."

Added Macha: "I didn't see what happened. It may have been hat-to-hat contact."

Trevor Hoffman, Milwaukee's fourth reliever, pitched the ninth for his 15th straight save.

Vazquez gave up four hits and two runs in six innings and has a losing record despite his 3.54 ERA.

"You would think that you'd scratch some runs together and give some support to Javier," Johnson said. "He pitched really well. Three runs, we should at least be in the mix there."

The Braves, who had their NL-leading seventh shutout loss, also were shut out in back-to-back games by Pittsburgh on April 17-18.

"Hopefully we can pull out of this funk," Vazquez said. "I've always said if your offense is good or not, you have to go out there and throw your game."

Notes

  • The Braves' top pitching prospect, Tommy Hanson, will start Sunday's game in his major league debut.
  • 1B Casey Kotchman missed his fourth straight game with a strained right calf and severe bruise on his right shin.
  • RHP Buddy Carlyle, placed on the 15-day DL on May 26 with an upper back strain, has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after his sudden loss of about 15 pounds, according to manager Bobby Cox.
 
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It's another successful night for Prince Fielder. He hits his 14th and 15th homers of the year. (AP)
It's another successful night for Prince Fielder. He hits his 14th and 15th homers of the year. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

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

C. Counsell
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell, 2B4021000 .315
J.J. Hardy, SS4000011 .232
Ryan Braun, LF4000032 .307
Prince Fielder, 1B3222100 .299
Mike Cameron, CF4010021 .277
    Casey McGehee, 3B0000000 .265
Mat Gamel, 3B3010011 .262
    Bill Hall, 3B-CF1000001 .209
Corey Hart, RF4010011 .246
Jason Kendall, C4110013 .215
Jeff Suppan, P1000000 .118
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
   a- Jody Gerut, PH0000100 .209
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .333
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals3238329  
a-walked for Stetter in the 8th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (7, Vazquez), Mat Gamel (4, O'Flaherty)
HR - Prince Fielder 2 (15, Vazquez, O'Flaherty)
SH - Jeff Suppan (4)
RBI - Craig Counsell (9), Prince Fielder 2 (54)
CS - Jody Gerut (1, 2nd base by Moylan/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Corey Hart 1
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan (W,4-4) 5.1600320 4.66
Todd Coffey (H,9) 0.1000110 2.33
Mitch Stetter (H,10) 1.1000010 3.50
Carlos Villanueva (H,8) 1000020 3.33
Trevor Hoffman (S,15) 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 95-60, Todd Coffey 12-5, Mitch Stetter 15-10, Carlos Villanueva 10-8, Trevor Hoffman 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 6-8, Mitch Stetter 1-2, Trevor Hoffman 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 25, Todd Coffey 2, Mitch Stetter 4, Carlos Villanueva 3, Trevor Hoffman 4
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B5010015 .249
Yunel Escobar, SS5010011 .286
Nate McLouth, CF3010101 .251
Chipper Jones, 3B2000102 .311
    Diory Hernandez, 3B1000000 .143
Brian McCann, C4010013 .301
Garret Anderson, LF4000010 .248
Jeff Francoeur, RF3010100 .249
Martin Prado, 1B4020010 .258
Javier Vazquez, P1000011 .095
   a- Greg Norton, PH0000100 .125
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .271
Totals3307046  
a-walked for Vazquez in the 6th
b-grounded out for Soriano in the 9th
Batting
3B - Brian McCann (1, Suppan)
SH - Javier Vazquez (8)
SB - Nate McLouth (8, 2nd base off Suppan/Kendall), Garret Anderson (1, 3rd base off Coffey/Kendall), Jeff Francoeur (2, 2nd base off Coffey/Kendall)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Prado-Escobar
Atlanta Braves
Javier Vazquez (L,4-5) 6422071 3.54
Eric O'Flaherty 0.1211001 3.15
Peter Moylan 1.2100110 4.22
Rafael Soriano 1100110 1.09
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 80-56, Eric O'Flaherty 4-4, Peter Moylan 25-15, Rafael Soriano 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 6-4, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Peter Moylan 2-1
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 21, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Peter Moylan 6, Rafael Soriano 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32721
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Randy Marsh