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Podsednik's double in the 17th ends scoreless marathon

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Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Scott Podsednik drove in a run with a double in the 17th inning to give Milwaukee a 1-0 win over Anaheim in the first of a three-game interleague series at Angel Stadium. Starting pitcher Ben Sheets was nearly perfect in nine shutout innings for the Brewers , who snapped a two-game losing streak despite striking out a major league record-tying 26 times. Sheets permitted just one hit, retired the first 20 hitters he faced and pitched to just one over the minimum.

"Our pitchers kept throwing up zeros," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "The team never quit and found a way to win the game."

Starter Kelvim Escobar tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts in eight shutout innings for the Angels , who suffered their fourth straight loss and extended their scoreless streak to 32 innings without a run. Escobar scattered four hits and issued one walk.

With two outs in the 17th, Craig Counsell walked off Ramon Ortiz (2-5), then scored from first on Podsednik's double off the wall in right. Counsell beat the relay throw from Vladimir Guerrero with a head-first slide.

Matt Kinney (3-3) struck out one in two shutout innings to post the win for Milwaukee. Danny Kolb retired the side in the 17th for his 16th save.

Milwaukee put runners on second and third with no outs in the second. But Escobar worked out of trouble with consecutive strikeouts and an infield pop.

Sheets, who finished with four strikeouts, tossed 6 2/3 perfect innings before losing his perfect game with two outs in the seventh. Guerrero rolled a single between the shortstop and third baseman to end the bid.

Francisco Rodriguez relieved Escobar and retired the side in the top of the ninth before Anaheim rallied in the bottom of the inning.

Alfredo Amezaga started the inning by reaching base when Milwaukee second baseman Junior Spivey misplayed his grounder. Adam Kennedy popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt for the first out before Amezaga took second on a wild pitch.

After Chone Figgins was retired on a pop out, Sheets fanned Jeff DaVanon to end the rally.

Adam Kennedy led off the bottom of the 12th for Anaheim against Mike Adams by reaching base on Spivey's second error of the game.

Kennedy was sacrificed to second by Chone Figgins , and took third on a fly ball to left. An intentional walk and a hit batter loaded the bases, but Raul Mondesi flew out to end the inning.

Jose Molina legged out a bunt hit -- the Angels ' second of the game -- with one out in the bottom of the 13th. Molina then stole second, avoiding the tag by shortstop Counsell. But he didn't advance.

Figgins worked a walk to lead off the bottom of the 14th for Anaheim, but was thrown out trying to steal second.

Bill Hall 's pinch-hit single opened the top of the 15th for the Brewers . Counsell followed with a sacrifice. One out later, Spivey was hit by a pitch, but they couldn't score.

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