MILWAUKEE (AP) – Chris Capuano took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and won his seventh straight decision, and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of wildness by San Francisco’s pitchers to beat the Giants 5-1 Sunday.

Capuano (12-6) allowed two hits in eight innings, improving to 7-0 in nine starts since losing to Tampa Bay on June 13. It is the longest winning streak by a Brewers pitcher since reliever Curtis Leskanic won seven straight decisions in 2000.

Marquis Grissom led off the sixth inning by grounding a single to left field just passed a diving Bill Hall. San Francisco’s other hits were Edgardo Alfonzo’s RBI single in the seventh and Pedro Feliz’s single off Derrick Turnbow in the ninth.

Milwaukee went 16-12 in July, its first winning month since July 2004 and its best July record since 1997.

Noah Lowry (6-11) gave up four runs and three hits in 5 1-3 innings, striking out eight and walking three. Lowry and Kevin Correia combined in the sixth inning to walk three and hit three batters, and the Brewers took a 4-0 lead with just one hit.

After Lowry struck out Brady Clark leading off the sixth, he walked Lyle Overbay and Carlos Lee and hit Ricky Weeks on the left knee, loading the bases. Lowry hit Geoff Jenkins on the right elbow, forcing in the first run of the game, and Hall lined a single to right to make it 2-0.

Correia relieved and walked Damian Miller, then hit J.J. Hardy on a shoulder. Capuano then struck out and Brady Clark lined out.

Damian Miller homered in the eighth off Scott Munter.

Notes: Clark went 1-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. … The Giants lost for just the seventh time in their last 17 road games.

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