MILWAUKEE – Ben Sheets pitched his 13th career complete game and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of rookie Tim Lincecum’s wildness in a 6-2 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday night that to extended the Giants’ losing streak to six.

Sheets (8-3) allowed three runs or less in his 12th straight start, and went the distance for the second time this season. Prince Fielder added three RBIs for the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Since being no-hit by Justin Verlander on June 12, the Brewers have won six of their last seven and have the best mark at home in the NL at 24-12.

Barry Bonds, who was watched by commissioner Bud Selig in a low-key appearance at Miller Park Monday, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout to remain at 748 career home runs, seven shy of Hank Aaron’s record, since hitting one in Boston on Sunday.

Phillies 9, Indians 6

CLEVELAND – Ryan Howard hit a 451-foot homer and drove in four runs, leading Philadelphia over Cleveland and helping Kyle Kendrick to his first major league victory.

Howard had an RBI single in a three-run first, homered into the second deck in right in the third off Jason Stanford (1-1) and added a two-run double in the ninth off Roberto Hernandez. Of Howard’s last 27 hits, 13 have been home runs.

Twins 9, Mets 0

NEW YORK – Johan Santana rarely has it this easy. The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched a four-hitter – with only one strikeout – for his first shutout in nearly two years, and Minnesota took advantage of four early errors in a rout of New York.

Santana (7-6) received a rare burst of run support and was handed a five-run lead by the second inning. The left-hander cruised from there, needing only 92 pitches to toss his fourth career shutout and first since Aug. 12, 2005, at Oakland.

Dodgers 10, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO – Brad Penny became the second nine-game winner in the National League, and Russell Martin homered in his first major league game in his native Canada.

Luis Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for the Dodgers, who matched a season-high in runs. Martin, who was born in Toronto but grew up in Chelsea, Quebec, hit a solo home run to left in the sixth, his eighth, off reliever Lee Gronkiewicz.

Tigers 15, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON – Sean Casey hit his first home run of the season, and Detroit pounded out 17 hits in a rout of Washington.

Marcus Thames also homered for Detroit, which tied a season-high for runs a night after Todd Jones gave up three in the ninth and nearly blew a four-run lead. The Tigers have won four of their last five games and have scored at least 10 runs six times in 17 June games.

The 15 runs and 17 hits were the most allowed by the Nationals this season.

College World Series

N. Carolina 3, Louisville 1

OMAHA, Neb. – Luke Putkonen gave North Carolina the quality start it had been longing for, combining on a three-hitter to lead the Tar Heels over Louisville in a College World Series elimination game.

North Carolina had only three hits but scored twice on a throwing error, but that was enough against a Louisville team whose bats went cold in the NCAA tournament.

North Carolina, the 2006 national runner-up, meets Rice today. The Tar Heels (55-14) must beat the Owls twice to win their bracket and return to the best-of-three championship series, which starts Saturday.


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