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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Brewers Beat D'Backs 3-1

Carlos Lee had a feeling Chris Capuano needed more than one run to work with. The Milwaukee cleanup hitter took it upon himself to provide it.

Lee and Geoff Jenkins hit back-to-back solo homers in the sixth inning, helping Capuano beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Tuesday night to become the Brewers' first 17-game winner in 13 years.

"It was big at that point of the game," Lee said. "It was everything he needed. He was getting in some trouble early and pitching his way out of it. He's been big for us, you know?"
J.J. Hardy also drove in a run for the Brewers (72-72), who have won six of eight to reach .500 for the first time since Aug. 7.

"We're swinging the bats good now," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "You know, we're getting good pitching, playing good defense and that's what's keeping us going."

Capuano (17-9) battled through seven innings despite taking a comebacker off his pitching arm and falling awkwardly going after another, and won for the fifth time in six starts to tie Houston's Roy Oswalt for third in the National League in wins. Jaime Navarro was the last Milwaukee pitcher to win 17 games in 1992.

"It seems like we've been scoring a lot of runs in my starts, and even when I haven't pitched well we've been able to find ways to win," Capuano said. "The win column is kind of arbitrary at times, so when you get lucky, you've just got to ride it out."


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