Ben Sheets came off the disabled list to give the struggling Milwaukee Brewers a big lift tonight in Chicago, as they beat the Cubs 6-1.
Ryan Braun hit a bases-loaded double during a four-run seventh inning for the Brewers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
With just their fourth win in the last 15 games, the Brewers moved within a game and a half of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central Division.
Sheets (11-4) worked six innings, allowing six hits and a run to get his first win since June 30th.
Milwaukee kept Chicago right-hander Carlos Zambrano winless over the last month.
Sheets was activated before the game. He'd been on the DL since July 16th with a sprained finger on his pitching hand and had also been slowed by a finger blister. But he made 85 pitches tonight and showed why he is the ace of the Brewers' staff.
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