TORONTO – Ben Sheets outpitched Roy Halladay in a matchup of two-time All-Stars, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Carlos Lee and Geoff Jenkins homered for the Brewers, who have won just two of their last nine games. They held a players-only meeting after Friday night’s loss.

Jenkins ended a career-worst 0-for-29 slump with a homer off Miguel Batista in the ninth.

Sheets (3-6) allowed two runs – one earned – and seven hits in eight innings. He struck out three and walked two. Tommy Phelps threw only one pitch and earned his first major league save, retiring pinch-hitter Alex Rios on a grounder with the bases loaded.

The Brewers scored three runs in the first off Halladay (10-4), the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner.

Brady Clark led off with a single, stole second and scored on Lyle Overbay’s RBI single. Lee followed with his two-run shot.

Gregg Zaun homered off Sheets in the second, but Overbay’s RBI grounder gave Milwaukee a 4-1 lead in the fifth.

Halladay, who won seven of his previous eight starts, allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked none. He has pitched six or more innings in each of his 15 starts this season.

Russ Adams cut Milwaukee’s lead to 4-2 with an RBI double in the seventh.

Clark, Milwaukee’s center fielder, split his lip while trying to catch Aaron Hill’s bloop hit in the eighth. The ball bounced and hit Clark in the face, drawing blood.

Notes: Toronto second baseman Orlando Hudson made a spectacular, over-the-shoulder, diving catch in center field to rob Rickie Weeks of a hit in the eighth. … The Brewers signed first-round draft pick Ryan Braun. The fifth overall selection out of the University of Miami, Braun received a $2.45 million signing bonus. The third baseman hit .388 with 18 home runs and 76 RBIs in 58 games for the Hurricanes. … Toronto’s Gabe Gross singled in the ninth for his first hit of the season. He was 0-for-13.

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