Brewers Punch Out Cubs

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Ben Sheets and the Milwaukee Brewers struck out 17 Monday, snapping an eight-game home losing streak to the Chicago Cubs by a final score of 1-0. Craig Counsell homered in the first inning off Matt Clement for the game's only run, and Sheets (8-5) fanned 12 in seven innings, allowing just four hits and one walk. He retired the last 11 Cub hitters he saw.

Clement (7-7), once again a victim of poor run support, struck out ten in seven innings, allowing just three hits while walking six. He did not allow a hit to the last 18 batters he faced.

The Cubs threatened in the eighth off right-hander Luis Vizcaino. Ramon Martinez singled with two away and Sammy Sosa reached base on an infield hit before Vizcaino recovered to strike out Derrek Lee.

Danny Kolb pitched the ninth for his 25th save, striking out Jose Macias to end it.

NOTES: Cubs manager Dusty Baker was nicked by a foul ball off Macias' bat in the ninth. Baker was not hurt. Macias started in place of All-Star Moises Alou and finished 1 for 4 with a single. Sheets improved his record to 7-2 lifetime against the Cubs. Clement has not won since June 8 when he beat the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. He has not allowed more than two earned runs per outing in five straight starts.

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