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Friday, June 16, 2006

Brewers Hold On To Beat Indians 6-4



From Sportsline.com:

Chris Capuano is keeping his goals simple as he piles up quality starts for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Capuano struck out a career-high 12 and Corey Koskie and Carlos Lee homered to help the Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Friday night.

"I'm grateful that I've been able to be consistent this year," Capuano said. "It's a nice feeling when you come out of the game and the team is in the game and you got a chance to win."

Capuano (7-4) allowed six hits in seven strong innings. Cleveland pitcher C.C. Sabathia hit a two-run double in the fifth but that was it for the Indians against Capuano, who didn't allow a walk.

"It's an extension of doing what he's done all year long," Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Capuano, who has pitched at least six innings in each of his 15 starts.

Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said Capuano did a nice job throwing his fastball, curve and changeup.

"But it was more about the location of his pitches and the way he kept us off balance," he said.

Capuano, who is third in the NL with 93 strikeouts, has become the anchor of the Brewers' staff. With Ben Sheets, Tomo Ohka and Rick Helling all serving time on the disabled list this season, Capuano has turned in 14 quality starts. However, since the beginning of May, his record is just 3-2 with four no-decisions in a span of nine outings.

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