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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Brewers Beat Rockies 6-4

Victor Santos has pitched enough at Coors Field to know that success usually stems from changing speeds, not throwing curves.

Ditching his curveball and changing speeds with all his pitches, Santos earned his second win in 14 starts to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 Tuesday night.

"I know exactly how to be successful in this park," said Santos, who is 2-1 with a 7.71 ERA in 15 appearances at hitter-friendly Coors. "I had a bump in the road here, but I learned from it and know how to throw here."

Santos (4-11), who pitched in 24 games for the Rockies in 2002, threw one curveball and Matt Holliday lined it for an RBI single in the first inning. Santos didn't go back to the pitch again, instead relying on changing speeds and location to beat the Rockies.

It worked pretty well.

Santos allowed the run in the first inning and another in the fourth on a single by Dustan Mohr that cut Milwaukee's lead to 4-2. Omar Quintanilla chased the right-hander in the sixth, blooping an RBI single just out of the reach of shortstop Bill Hall to make it 5-3.

Santos allowed six hits in 5 2/3 innings, good enough for his first win since July 23 against Cincinnati. All four of his wins have come at night and three have been on the road.
Chris Capuano (12-8) will close out the series on Wednesday against Jamey Wright (6-13).


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