NEW YORK (AP) -Ben Sheets ruined Johan Santana's Shea Stadium debut, outpitching the Mets' new ace in the Milwaukee Brewers' 5-3 win over New York on Saturday.
Home runs by Bill Hall, Rickie Weeks and Gabe Kapler helped Milwaukee come from behind and Sheets (2-0) overcame a shaky start to help Brewers end a three-game losing streak.
Santana struggled and the Mets' three-game winning streak was snapped. He lasted 6 2-3 innings and allowed five runs and six hits with two walks, striking out seven and throwing two wild pitches.
Santana (1-2), who allowed 33 home runs with Minnesota last season to lead the league, worked his way out of a number of jams but was hurt by the long ball.
Sheets allowed three runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings with five strikeouts and two walks. After giving up two runs in the first inning and leaving the bases loaded in the second, he was untouchable, retiring 18 consecutive batters into the eighth inning.
Braves 10, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeff Francoeur had two home runs and a career-high seven RBIs, and Atlanta handed Washington its ninth straight loss.
Francoeur hit a three-run home run in the first inning, a two-run single in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth. He came in with four RBIs in 10 games this season.
The Nationals' skid is their longest since moving to Washington in 2005 from Montreal. The last time the franchise lost nine in a row was the final nine games of the 2000 season.
John Smoltz (2-0) pitched six innings and allowed one run and five hits. He walked two and struck out five - leaving him just 14 strikeouts shy of 3,000.
After a 91-minute rain delay in the first day game at Nationals Park, Francoeur hit a three-run homer to left in the first off John Lannan (0-2) to make it 4-0.
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