Milwaukee co-ace Ben Sheets turned in his fourth complete game Saturday evening as the Brewers beat the Nationals 6-0. The four complete games now ties Sheets for the NL lead along with teammate CC Sabathia. Big Ben gave up five hits while striking out six after not allowing a single walk. It was Ben's first win since July the fourth. Sheets also got a rare hit of his in the eighth to score Jason Kendall.
The Brew Crew started their scoring when Gabe Kapler singled in Ray Durham in the third. Kapler replace left fielder Ryan Braun after Braun left the game with tightness in his lower back. Milwaukee tacked on another run in the third when Corey Hart hit a sac fly to center to score J.J. Hardy to make it 2-0. Then with two outs in the fourth inning, Durham and Hardy hit back-to-back jacks, Durhams fourth and Hardy's 17th, to extend the lead to 4-0. Hart got his second RBI of the game when he sent a four-bagger out to center, his 17th of the year.
Milwaukee sold-out another game to make it 13 straight home sell-outs and 29 overall.
Brew City gained a game on the Cubs in the division after Chicago lost to St. Louis 12-3. The Brewers are now four games back of the Cubs and two games ahead in the Wild Card race.
On Sunday, Washington will give John Lannan (6-11, 3.55 ERA) the ball. Milwaukee will send Manny Parra (9-5, 4.18 ERA) to the mound. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI.