John Bazemore, Associated Press
Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets throws a complete game, giving up just four hits to Atlanta.

ATLANTA — The best stat of the night for Milwaukee manager Ned Yost was the "zero" for pitches thrown in the bullpen by his relievers.

No relief necessary. Ben Sheets was on the mound.

Sheets gave up only four hits in a dominant complete-game performance, Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer and the Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Monday night.

Sheets (9-1) retired the final 16 batters for his National League-leading third complete game. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

Yost said he never considered having a reliever warm up. After the game, the manager sat and smiled at his daily log for his relievers.

"When I can write 'nobody' on this thing for my relievers throwing, it doesn't get any better than that," Yost said.

Yost spent 12 years on Braves manager Bobby Cox's staff, including 1991-98 as bullpen coach while Atlanta made four World Series appearances led by such starting pitchers as Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine.

Yost said in the eight years in the Braves' bullpen, he had only one game without having a relief pitcher warm up.

Sheets said he aims for complete games "from when I toe the slab."

"I go for it from the beginning," he said.

Sheets kept his pitch counts low — 20 through two innings and 60 through five — and was at his best late in the game.

"He's got the best curveball in baseball," Cox said. "If you're gonna beat Sheets, your pitcher's got to pitch a heck of a game."

Sheets won his fifth straight decision and is 6-0 in 10 road starts, but scoffed at suggestions he's suddenly a "road genius."

"We've got a good team," he said. "We're going to win games."

The Brewers are 11-4 when Sheets starts.


MARINERS 5, METS 2: At New York, Felix Hernandez hit the first grand slam by an American League pitcher in 37 years, then departed with a sprained ankle before he could qualify for a win in Seattle's victory over the New York Mets. Facing a fellow ace from Venezuela, Hernandez connected off Johan Santana with two outs in the second inning to give Seattle a 4-0 lead. The opposite-field shot to right-center was the first home run by a pitcher in Mariners history, and the first slam by an AL hurler since Cleveland's Steve Dunning went deep against Oakland's Diego Segui on May 11, 1971, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

ANGELS 3, NATIONALS 2: At Washington, Garret Anderson's eighth-inning single drove in the go-ahead run, and Los Angeles rallied to beat Washington. The Nationals committed a series of errors in the eighth inning that led to a pair of runs and sent them to their sixth loss in seven games. The Angels' John Lackey allowed six hits and two runs — one earned — in eight innings, striking out six and walking one. Lackey (5-1) has lasted at least seven innings in all eight of his starts after missing the early part of the season due to injury. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 31st save.

DIAMONDBACKS 2, RED SOX 1: At Boston, Dan Haren was dominant over seven shutout innings, limiting Boston to just two hits and outpitching Josh Beckett in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Monday night. The Diamondbacks, swept by Minnesota over the weekend, have won just seven of their past 21 road games. Boston dropped to 1-3 on its current six-game homestand after winning 19 of its previous 22 in Fenway Park. Haren (8-4) walked one and fanned five in his best outing of the season, winning his fifth-consecutive start.

ROYALS 8, ROCKIES 4: At Kansas City, Mo., Brian Bannister picked up his third-straight victory, Mark Teahen hit a three-run homer and Kansas City beat Colorado for the Royals' eighth win in nine games. The Royals' hot streak has all come against National League clubs, and their 10-3 record is the best in interleague play. Bannister (7-6), who is 3-0 in his last six starts, did not allow a hit until Jeff Baker's two-out single in the fifth. He matched a career high with six walks before the hit, but still worked through seven innings for the fourth time in his pat five starts. Bannister gave up three hits and three runs, all unearned, while striking out five.