MILWAUKEE Ben Sheets struck out a franchise-record 18 the most in the majors in three years to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Atlanta Braves 4-1 Sunday.
It was the most strikeouts by a big league pitcher since Arizona's Randy Johnson tied a major league record with 20 on May 8, 2001, against Cincinnati.
Sheets' previous career high was 10 strikeouts against Houston on April 10 and May 5 against Cincinnati. The previous franchise mark of 14 was set by Moose Haas on April 12, 1978, against the New York Yankees.
With the shadows cutting right across the mound, Sheets (4-2) threw a three-hitter and struck out six of his last seven batters including all three in the ninth. He threw 116 pitches, 91 for strikes, and walked only one.
Mets 3, Astros, 2, 13 innings
HOUSTON Mike Piazza spoiled Roger Clemens' bid for his eighth straight win with a tying home run in the ninth off Octavio Dotel, and New York beat Houston on Jason Phillips' 13th-inning homer.
After Clemens struck out 10 in seven shutout innings, the Mets rallied in the ninth against Dotel. Eric Valent led off with a double, and two outs later, Piazza hit a 1-2 pitch over the right-center fence to tie it.
Clemens allowed only two hits and singled with the bases loaded in the sixth, the fifth RBI of his career. He lowered his ERA to a major league-leading 1.72.
Piazza went 0-for-2 against his old rival with a strikeout and a walk the only one Clemens allowed.
Phillips, who has struggled all season, connected against Brandon Backe (1-1) for his first home run of the year.
Dan Wheeler (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Marlins 3, Cardinals 2
ST. LOUIS Brad Penny worked six solid innings and Juan Pierre hit a two-run double to help Florida avoid a three-game sweep.
Jim Edmonds hit his ninth homer for the Cardinals, who wrapped up a 4-2 homestand their first winning homestand of the season.
Penny (4-2) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, winning for the fourth time in five decisions.
Rockies 7, Phillies 6
DENVER Jeromy Burnitz drove in the tiebreaking run with an infield single in the eighth inning and had four RBIs, helping Colorado end a three-game losing streak with a victory over Philadelphia.
Tim Harikkala (1-0) got two outs for his first win since April 24, 1999, with Boston. Shawn Chacon worked the ninth for his 10th save in 12 opportunities for Colorado, which won for just the fourth time in 12 games.
Cubs 4, Padres 2
SAN DIEGO Jose Macias hit a tiebreaking home run off David Wells, and Michael Barrett also connected to lead Chicago over San Diego for a three-game sweep.
Sammy Sosa hurt himself when he sneezed twice before the game and sat out with back spasms.
Wells (2-4) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Francis Beltran (1-0) earned his first major league win.
Pirates 8, Giants 1
SAN FRANCISCO Rob Mackowiak homered twice and drove in four runs to help Pittsburgh complete a rare three-game sweep in San Francisco.
The Pirates hadn't swept a series in San Francisco since winning a five-gamer in September 1996.
Reds 6, Dodgers 3
LOS ANGELES Adam Dunn had his first three-hit game of the season, including a two-run double, and Cincinnati completed its first three-game sweep of the year with a victory over Los Angeles.
Jeff Weaver (2-5) gave up four runs in the first inning.
Expos 6, Diamondbacks 1
PHOENIX Livan Hernandez pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game in 10 days, helping Montreal beat Arizona to complete its first series sweep of the season.
Hernandez (3-2) walked two and struck out seven for his 33rd complete game. The Expos tied a season high with their third win a row.
Brian Schneider hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fourth off Steve Sparks (2-3). Arizona lost its season-high fifth straight at home.
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