Series: Game 3 of 3

Milwaukee won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 9
Montreal 11Final
Milwaukee 4
Game 2: Saturday, August 10
Montreal 2Final
Milwaukee 5
Game 3: Sunday, August 11
Montreal 2Final
Milwaukee 6

Expos 2

(58-59, 23-37 away)

Brewers 6

(42-75, 25-34 home)

    2:05 PM ET, August 11, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: B. Sheets (6-14)

    L: M. Yoshii (3-5)

    Sheets strong from start for Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Given a little run support, Ben Sheets wasn't about to let a win get away from him.

    Sheets scattered five hits over eight innings and struck out Vladimir Guerrero with two runners on to end the eighth as Milwaukee Brewers beat the Montreal Expos 6-2.

    "Ben finally pitched a game like he's capable of,'' Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster said. "That's his best game of the year.''

    Even good outings haven't always been enough for Sheets. In his league-leading 14 losses, Sheets has gotten an average of only 1.43 runs of support. Sunday, Matt Stairs, Richie Sexson and Jose Hernandez all homered and Jeffrey Hammonds added a two-run single.

    Stairs' 420-foot drive to right-center in the fifth gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead, and Sexson's 24th homer, a 430-foot shot to left leading off the seventh, put the Brewers on top for good, 3-2. Hernandez added a solo homer, his 21st, later in the inning.

    Sheets (6-14), who leads the National League in losses, allowed two runs, walked one and struck out seven. He had been hit hard in each of his last two starts, allowing 21 hits and 13 earned runs in 11 innings, but didn't see much difference between those outings and Sunday's.

    "They were hitting it right at people, that's what was going well,'' Sheets said.

    After the Brewers went up 4-2 in the seventh, Sheets retired the first batter in the eighth before Brad Wilkerson singled and Jose Macias reached on an error. He got out of the inning when he got Jose Vidro to fly to center and then struck out Guerrero on a 3-2 fastball.

    "I'll give the kid credit,'' Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "He really went after him.''

    Expos starter Masato Yoshii (3-5) retired the first 10 batters he faced before Eric Young singled to left in the fourth. Young was quickly erased on a 4-3 double play.

    Sheets also was strong early. The only hit he allowed in the first five innings was a single by Guerrero in the fourth.

    Montreal scored in the second without a hit. Guerrero walked, stole second and took third when catcher Paul Bako's throw sailed into the outfield. He scored on Troy O'Leary's groundout to first.

    In the Brewers' fifth, Sexson led off with a single before Stairs hit a 2-0 pitch for his 10th homer of the season. Yoshii then retired six of the next seven hitters before Sexson's homer on the second pitch of the seventh -- Yoshii's last pitch of the game. He left having thrown only 63 pitches, 43 for strikes.

    "I thought I had a good chance to win today, but I gave up two home runs and that cost us the game,'' Yoshii said through an interpreter.

    Guerrero tied the game 2-all leading off the seventh. He hit a 2-1 pitch 405 feet to dead center for his third homer in three games and 32nd of the season.

    The Brewers added two more runs in the eighth on four singles, the last one a two-run hit by Hammonds.

    Game notes

    Stairs' home run was the 150th of his career. ... Young singled in the fourth, sixth and eighth, giving him seven singles in his last eight at-bats. ... Guerrero stretched his hitting streak to 12 games with his fourth-inning single. He is batting .425 (20-for-47) with five doubles, six homers and nine RBI during that stretch. ... Montreal is 0-10 in Sunday road games.

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