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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Brewers Avoid Sweep With 7-2 Win



From Sportsline.com:

Capuano (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks to help Milwaukee stop a three-game losing streak. He had been 0-2 in three career appearances at Minute Maid Park.

"He was as sharp as he could be," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "He was just great. He was so sharp through the seventh inning that I hated to take him out."

Houston's Morgan Ensberg homered in his fifth consecutive game, tying a team record, and raised his season total to seven.

With the score 1-all and two outs in the seventh, Rickie Weeks and Jeff Cirillo singled, and Miller followed with a double down the right-field line.

"After my first two at bats, I had to make a little adjustment," Miller said. "He was throwing me nasty cutters and I just came out and laid off of it. I got to 2-0 and tried to go the other way and play my game. He made a mistake with a fastball up, but I'll take it."

Bill Hall, Weeks and Cirillo had RBI singles against Russ Springer in a three-run eighth that made it 5-1.

"I'm happy with the way we're swinging our bats," Yost said. "This was not a must-win tonight. The Astros proved last year that April and May are not important. We had two tough losses here, and we didn't want to compound it with another loss."

Ensberg's homer chased Capuano in the eighth, and Prince Fielder hit an RBI double off Mike Gallo in the ninth and scored on J.J. Hardy's single.

"It felt good to have a low-scoring game, a clean game played with good defense," Capuano said. "Our offense carried over from last night."

Weeks hit an RBI groundout in the second. Pettitte settled down to retire 15 of the next 18 hitters, fanning six, until Weeks singled in the seventh.

Craig Biggio hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Milwaukee finished its trip 3-6. The Brewers are 5-1 in Milwaukee.

"It's nice to end this trip on a positive note," Capuano said. "We love playing at home."

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