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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Brewers Stomp Marlins 11-2



Milwaukee manager Ned Yost barely had time to second-guess himself when the Brewers' lumbering lineup chased Florida ace Josh Beckett with a big rally.

After Corey Hart grounded into a double play in the first inning, Yost wondered whether he had erred in not flashing the bunt sign to try to scratch across a run for what he anticipated would be a pitchers' duel.

His doubts were erased when the Brewers scored six runs off Beckett in the fourth inning on their way to an 11-2 rout of the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

"Against a staff like that, it's probably about the farthest thing from your mind," Yost said of the blowout. "You really hope that your pitcher can hold you close and you can win a tight game."
Chris Capuano (14-8) held up his end, allowing two earned runs and eight hits in eight innings. He walked one and struck out eight, including slugger Carlos Delgado four times.

Capuano, the first Brewers pitcher to win 14 games since Cal Eldred in 1997, changed speeds and mixed his pitches to perfection -- in stark contrast to Beckett, whose curveball and changeup betrayed him, rendering his fastball equally ineffective.

Beckett (12-7) didn't make it out of the fourth, allowing seven runs, six of them earned, and eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings. He also allowed Carlos Lee's 28th homer leading off the second, Lee's first shot since Aug. 3.
Tomo Ohka (8-7) will face A.J. Burnett (12-6) on Wednesday.

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