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Trouble is brewing for Yankees

Ben Sheets won for the first time since opening day and the Milwaukee Brewers again held off Derek Jeter and the punchless Yankees, sending visiting New York to its ninth loss in 10 games with a 2-1 win last night.

Sheets (2-5) allowed just two singles in seven strong innings, his third start since coming off the disabled list.

Ricky Bottalico pitched a hitless eighth and Derrick Turnbow got his 10th save in 12 chances.

Turnbow escaped a jam in the ninth, just as he did the night before -- when Geoff Jenkins ran down Jeter's drive in the right-field corner to preserve a 4-3 victory.

This time, Jenkins nearly made a diving grab of Robinson Cano's liner to right-center, but the ball squirted free for a double that left runners at second and third with one out.

Bernie Williams's RBI groundout gave the Yankees a run, but Jeter bounced back to the mound on the first pitch to end it.

Braves 3, Angels 2 -- Horacio Ramirez sent a message right away, then pitched eight innings to lead struggling Atlanta past visiting Los Angeles.

The opening game of the series Monday included a violent home-plate collision initiated by the Angels' Darin Erstad that left Braves catcher Johnny Estrada with a mild concussion.

When Erstad came to bat in the first -- accompanied by loud boos from the Turner Field crowd -- Ramirez (4-4) threw his first pitch behind the hitter's back. Ramirez and Erstad simply glared at each other.

Pirates 6, Orioles 5 -- Jack Wilson's go-ahead solo homer followed Daryle Ward's tying three-run shot in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh rallied from a five-run deficit to beat visiting Baltimore.

Jorge Julio (2-2), the Orioles' fourth reliever, came in to protect a 5-2 lead in the eighth but Rob Mackowiak singled and Jason Bay walked, and Ward tied it with his 11th homer.

Julio got the next two batters but Wilson followed with his third homer.

Reds 9, Devil Rays 7 -- Relief pitcher Randy Keisler homered and doubled, leading host Cincinnati's comeback from a five-run deficit.

The lefthander struck out a career-high eight in 6 1/3 innings -- the longest outing by a Reds reliever in 15 years.

Royals 8, Giants 1 -- D.J. Carrasco pitched a five-hitter for his first career complete game, and Tony Graffanino homered and drove in two runs to help visiting Kansas City snap a nine-game road losing streak with a win over San Francisco.

Nationals 2, Athletics 1 -- Nick Johnson kept up his torrid homestand with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, leading Washington over Oakland.

Phillies 8, Rangers 5 -- Placido Polanco drove in three runs, Bobby Abreu homered, and Jon Lieber pitched effectively into the seventh inning to win his third straight start in host Philadelphia's win.

Mariners 4, Marlins 3 -- A throwing error by Florida reliever Jim Mecir fueled visiting Seattle's two-run eighth inning and enabled the Mariners to beat the Marlins.

Twins 9, Diamondbacks 8 -- Torii Hunter homered twice among his four hits and scored four runs to lead Minnesota past host Arizona.

Tigers 8, Dodgers 4 -- Tony Giarratano hit his first major league homer, and Dmitri Young and Ivan Rodriguez hit solo shots to lead visiting Detroit.

Indians 2, Padres 0 -- Khalil Greene's two-out throwing error allowed visiting Cleveland to snap a scoreless tie and beat San Diego in 11 innings.

Blue Jays 6, Cubs 4 -- Aaron Hill drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the eighth inning, and Toronto beat host Chicago.

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