Braves Top Brewers in Series Opener

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- A former Milwaukee Brewer dealt a blow to his ex-team's playoff chances.

Making his first major league start, Jeff Bennett allowed only one run in 5 2/3 innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 3-1 victory over Milwaukee last night in Atlanta.

The loss kept the Brewers from moving closer to first in the N.L. Central Division.

They now are 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs who were idle yesterday.

Bennett was on the Brewers staff in 2004 and had been in the minors ever since, except when he was recovering from major elbow surgery.

Chipper Jones was three for four for the Braves, raising his average to .342 and passing Colorado's Matt Holliday for the N.L. lead.

Rickie Weeks homered for Milwaukee, which has gone deep 216 times this season.

That ties the franchise record set by the 1982 team known as "Harvey's Wallbangers," which lost to St. Louis in the World Series.

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