Milwaukee at Toronto

W: C. Capuano (6-6) L: J. Towers (5-6)
S: D. Turnbow (11)
HR: MIL - None   TOR - F. Catalanotto (3)

Brewers 5, Blue Jays 2

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- The Milwaukee Brewers are having a lot more fun since calling a players-only meeting.

Carlos Lee drove in his NL-leading 60th run, and Chris Capuano and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter to lead the Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

The Brewers went 3-6 on their road trip, but ended it with two wins after calling the meeting on Friday night. The main message was to relax and have fun.

"It helped," closer Derrick Turnbow said. "Any time you come together as a team and have a meeting and get everything on the table it definitely helps. And when you win you have more fun, there's no question about that."

Capuano (6-6) struggled with his control, but he gave up just one run on four hits in five innings. He walked three and hit a batter in the third, but he got Reed Johnson to ground into a double play and Shea Hillenbrand to pop out to prevent any further damage.

Capuano finished with a season-high five walks and six strikeouts.

"I'm definitely going to buy the bullpen a steak dinner one of these days for picking me up there," Capuano said. "I hate to do the five and dive."

Matt Wise pitched 2 1/3 innings and Tommy Phelps got two outs in the eighth before allowing a double to Russ Adams to start the ninth. Turnbow relieved and got three outs for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Toronto left 10 men on base.

"We put a lot of guys on base, but we couldn't get the big hit. That was very frustrating for us," Catalanotto said.

Catalanotto connected off Capuano in the fifth, just his second career homer off a left-hander. He has 58 career home runs. His other homer off a left-hander was against Boston's Matt White on May 30, 2003.

Toronto starter Josh Towers (5-6) walked Chad Moeller in the third before Brady Clark doubled. Jeff Cirillo followed with a two-run double to center. Lee later hit a sacrifice fly, giving Milwaukee a 3-1 lead.

Rickie Weeks Jr. added an RBI single in the sixth.

Towers gave up four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"I just didn't execute a couple of pitches," Towers said.

Weeks' throwing error in the eighth allowed Toronto's second run to score. The rookie second baseman failed to turn a double play when his throw sailed over first baseman Lyle Overbay, allowing Aaron Hill to score.

Milwaukee scored its fifth run on shortstop Adams' two errors in the ninth. Adams failed to field a grounder up the middle, and then threw the ball to the backstop while trying to throw out Clark, who scored from second.


Toronto CF Vernon Wells is expected to return to the team on Monday after his wife gave birth to a boy this the weekend. ... Fans booed first baseman Eric Hinske, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, dropping his average to .244. ... Lee has 16 RBI in June.
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Players of the Game

A. Hill
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

B. Clark
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4220110 .327
Jeff Cirillo, 3B5112013 .279
Lyle Overbay, 1B5020003 .283
Carlos Lee, LF3011104 .281
Bill Hall, SS5110012 .289
Prince Fielder, DH4010011 .294
Rickie Weeks, 2B3011111 .286
Geoff Jenkins, RF4010012 .231
Chad Moeller, C3110111 .177
2B - Brady Clark (17, Towers), Jeff Cirillo (13, Towers), Bill Hall (15, Towers), Geoff Jenkins (13, Chulk)
SF - Carlos Lee (3)
RBI - Jeff Cirillo 2 (13), Carlos Lee (60), Rickie Weeks (3)
SB - Brady Clark (8, 2nd base off Frasor/Zaun), Rickie Weeks (2, 2nd base off Towers/Huckaby)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Cirillo-Weeks-Overbay, Weeks-Hall-Overbay
E - Lyle Overbay (4, missed catch erro), Rickie Weeks (3, throwing error)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (W,6-6) 5411561 3.44
Matt Wise (H,4) 2.1211120 2.57
Tommy Phelps (H,3) 0.2100010 4.26
Derrick Turnbow (S,11) 1000110 2.86
HBP - Catalanotto (by Chris Capuano)
WP - Derrick Turnbow (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 115-69, Matt Wise 35-21, Tommy Phelps 14-7, Derrick Turnbow 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 3-4, Matt Wise 3-1, Tommy Phelps 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 23, Matt Wise 9, Tommy Phelps 3, Derrick Turnbow 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF5000013 .269
Frank Catalanotto, LF4111002 .299
Aaron Hill, 3B4130112 .357
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4020004 .309
Alex Rios, CF4000022 .274
Frank Menechino, 2B0000200 .217
   a- Orlando Hudson, PH-2B1000101 .237
Eric Hinske, 1B4000044 .244
John McDonald, SS1000102 .278
   b- Russ Adams, PH-SS2010001 .239
Ken Huckaby, C1000110 .115
   c- Gregg Zaun, PH-C1000110 .252
a-walked for Menechino in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for McDonald in the 6th
c-struck out for Huckaby in the 7th
2B - Aaron Hill (8, Capuano), Russ Adams (11, Phelps)
HR - Frank Catalanotto (3, Capuano)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto (14)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (5)
CS - Frank Menechino (1, 2nd base by Capuano/Moeller)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Frank Catalanotto 1
E - Russ Adams 2 (12, adams misplayed grounder and throwing error)
Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Towers (L,5-6) 5.1944120 4.57
Vinnie Chulk 1.2200020 3.90
Scott Schoeneweis 1000120 5.91
Jason Frasor 1010210 2.83
IBB - Lee by Jason Frasor
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Towers 95-66, Vinnie Chulk 32-22, Scott Schoeneweis 17-9, Jason Frasor 32-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Towers 5-8, Jason Frasor 3-0
Batters Faced - Josh Towers 25, Vinnie Chulk 6, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Jason Frasor 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30480
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Joe Brinkman, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jeff Nelson