Milwaukee (47-46) at St. Louis (60-34)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Thu Jul 22, 2004
  • TV: FSMW
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Milwaukee ace Ben Sheets will try to reverse his fortunes against the St. Louis Cardinals when the teams complete their two-game series at Busch Stadium.

Sheets is enjoying his best season with the Brewers, going 9-6 with a 2.28 ERA. The 26-year-old right-hander is ranked third in the NL with 142 strikeouts and has given up two runs or less in 10 of his last 12 starts.

However, he has struggled against the Cardinals, going 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts. In 12 career starts against St. Louis, Sheets is 3-6 with a 4.78 ERA.

Like many NL pitchers, Sheets has struggled to get Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols out. The All-Star first baseman is hitting .455 (15-for-33) with a home run in his career against Sheets.

Pujols is having another big season for St. Louis, hitting .320 with a team-high 27 home runs and 83 runs scored.

St. Louis has won four straight and 14 of its last 16 to extend its lead atop the NL Central to 10 games over the Chicago Cubs, with the Brewers in fourth place 12 1/2 games back.

Woody Williams threw seven innings of five-hit ball, singled twice and scored in the Cardinals’ 1-0 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday

Edgar Renteria hit a sixth-inning sacrifice fly for St. Louis, which has the best record in the majors and has won 11 of 12 at home.

The Brewers are one of two teams in the majors to have a winning record against the Cardinals, winning five of eight this season.

Milwaukee left fielder Geoff Jenkins left Wednesday’s game due to heat exhaustion in the fourth inning on his 30th birthday. He took IV fluids in the clubhouse.

“You worry about the body shutting down,” Jenkins said. “I’ll be good tomorrow, but I’ll sleep tonight.”

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B. Sheets Atl vs. J. Marquis SD
12-14 Record 15-7
2.70 ERA 3.71
264 K 138
32 BB 70
0.98 WHIP 1.42