Fielder hits 2 home runs in Brewers win

Published 12:28 am Sunday, August 3, 2008

ATLANTA — CC Sabathia pitched deep into the game in another terrific outing for Milwaukee and Prince Fielder hit two home runs Saturday, leading the Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

The Brewers equaled a club record with their ninth straight road win and stayed four games back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which beat Pittsburgh 5-1 on Saturday. Milwaukee has won the first two games of its series with Atlanta after being swept in a four-game series at home against the Cubs.

Sabathia (5-0) struck out nine in 8 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He has a 1.88 ERA in six starts with Milwaukee, which acquired him from the Cleveland Indians last month.

The big left-hander departed after Omar Infante led off the ninth with a double and advanced to third on a groundout. Salomon Torres got the final two outs for his 21st save in 25 attempts, yielding a two-out RBI single to Kelly Johnson before retiring Clint Sammons on a flyball to center to end the game.

Charlie Morton (2-5) set down 15 straight Brewers after Craig Counsell’s leadoff single in the second, but Fielder led off the seventh with his 24th home run, tying it at 1. Corey Hart followed with a bunt single, took second on a groundout and scored on a two-out double by Jason Kendall.

Fielder hit a two-run drive off Rafael Soriano in the eighth, and has homered in four straight games.

Atlanta has lost seven of eight.

Morton, making his ninth start, went seven innings, the longest of his brief career. The right-hander allowed two runs and four hits.

Sabathia, who surrendered a run-scoring single to Casey Kotchman in the first, went on his own streak, retiring 12 straight after giving up a leadoff single to Johnson in the second. The streak ended when Martin Prado singled to open the sixth.