Brewers 3, Braves 2


MILWAUKEE – Chris Capuano pitched seven strong innings and Corey Koskie hit his first home run for the Brewers to help Milwaukee beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Monday night.

Capuano (3-2) allowed a leadoff triple to Marcus Giles in the third, then retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced – his only baserunner coming on an error by Rickie Weeks in the sixth. He gave up one run and three hits.

Matt Wise relieved Capuano in the eighth, allowing a single and a walk to lead off the inning. Weeks flubbed a potential double-play at second base for his second error of the game and team-high seventh of the season to load the bases with nobody out.

Weeks and the Brewers got another shot at a double play and turned it, but Pete Orr scored to cut the Brewers’ lead to 3-2.

Derrick Turnbow pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

Braves starter Kyle Davies (1-2) pitched well allowing three runs and four hits in seven innings.

Prince Fielder had three of the Brewers’ four hits off Davies, leading off the seventh with a hard single to right despite a shift by the Braves’ infield that positioned three players on the right side of the infield.

Koskie followed Fielder with his first home run of the season to the second deck in right field. Koskie was acquired in the offseason in a trade from Toronto.

The Brewers tied the game 1-1 in the fourth on a double-steal that allowed Geoff Jenkins to steal home.

Jenkins walked to open the inning, and went to third on a sharp one-out single to right by Fielder.

With a 3-2 count on Koskie, manager Ned Yost sent Fielder to steal second, drawing a throw from catcher Todd Pratt.

Jenkins waited for the throw, which was high, then charged home to score – the first time a Brewers player had stolen home since Scott Podsednik on Aug 30, 2003 at Wrigley Field.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the third on thanks to Giles, who returned to the lineup after missing three games with an injured finger.

Giles lead off the third with a triple after Brady Clark mistimed his jump and the ball went off the wall in center field. Giles scored on a chopper by Matthew Diaz, as shortstop J.J. Hardy delivered a high throw to catcher Damian Miller, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Notes: Brewers manager Ned Yost moved Clark, who was hitting .203 going into Monday’s game, out of the leadoff spot to eighth in the lineup. He was 0-for-3. Weeks hit leadoff and was . … Chipper Jones is eligible to come off the disabled list and is expected to play Tuesday. … With a cold front moving in, the Miller Park roof began to close in the top of the eighth.

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