ATLANTA (AP) _ In his first major league start, Jeff Bennett allowed only one run in five and two-thirds innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 3-1 victory over Milwaukee Thursday night, keeping the Brewers from moving closer to first in the National League Central Division.
The 27-year-old right-hander had not pitched in the majors since
2004, when he went 1-and-5 with a 4.79 ERA for the Brewers. He had
been in the minors ever since and spent part of the time recovering
from major elbow surgery.
Milwaukee, trying to make the playoffs for the first time since
1982, slipped to one-and-a-half games behind the division-leading
Cubs, who were idle. The Brewers have nine games left, one fewer
Chipper Jones was 3-of-4 for the Braves, raising his average to
.342 and passing Colorado's Matt Holliday for the National League
lead. Holliday went 1-for-4 against Los Angeles, his average
slipping to .339.
Atlanta's Edgar Renteria, third in the batting race, was hitless
in three at-bats and dropped to .336.
Rickie Weeks homered for Milwaukee. But that was the only run
off Bennett, who was called up from Triple-A Richmond to make a
start in Atlanta's thin rotation.
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