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Friday, July 22, 2005

Brewers Split Series with 12-7 Win



The Milwaukee Brewers are looking like a team on the upswing.

Their four-game split with the St. Louis Cardinals was their third straight solid showing against a contender, after taking three of four from Washington and two of three at Atlanta.

Geoff Jenkins had three hits and three RBI to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games and the Brewers capitalized on shoddy defense Thursday in a 12-7 victory.

"Obviously, this is a great squad, the record speaks for itself," Jenkins said of the Cardinals. "We've been playing pretty good baseball ourselves."

The Brewers' 14-hit effort that chased Jason Marquis in the fifth inning featured RBI singles from starter Chris Capuano and reliever Matt Wise, the latter coming on his first career hit. Milwaukee is 5-3 since the All-Star break after collapsing in the second half last year, and improved to 3-7 against the Cardinals.

Albert Pujols had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, although his run of homering in three straight games ended. Pujols is batting .462 (18-for-39) against the Brewers with five homers and 14 RBI.

Capuano (11-6) pitched into the sixth in 94-degree heat at game time that rose to 97 and Russell Branyan homered off the right-field scoreboard, a drive estimated at 458 feet. Capuano, who gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings, beat a patchwork Cardinals lineup minus rested starters Jim Edmonds, Larry Walker and David Eckstein, and with 6-7-8 hitters that had totaled two RBI on the year.

Tomo Ohka (6-4) will go up against Ramon Ortiz (5-6) on Friday as the Brewers head to Cincinnati.

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