MILWAUKEE -- Despite getting himself into several jams, Chris Capuano stayed in control Friday night against the reeling Minnesota Twins.
Capuano pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and Damian Miller snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a solo home run as the Milwaukee Brewers won their third consecutive game, 3-1.
One of the jams Capuano (7-6) worked out of came when Minnesota loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth.
"That's the thing about Capuano: He's a real competitor," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "The tougher the situation, the tougher he gets.
"Bases loaded, nobody out," Yost said. "It doesn't get any tougher than that."
Milwaukee's victory was tempered when third baseman Jeff Cirillo broke a bone in his left hand when hit by a pitch in the eighth inning. Yost said Cirillo would miss four to six weeks.
The Twins, who have lost five of six games and trail the Chicago White Sox by 10½ games in the AL Central, continued to struggle offensively. They got the leadoff hitter on base in the third, fourth and fifth innings but failed to score each time.
After Minnesota loaded the bases in the fifth, Radke struck out, Shannon Stewart popped weakly to second and Juan Castro grounded out to end the inning.
"I'd like to make it easier on myself," said Capuano, who allowed five hits and four walks with two strikeouts. "It felt good to get that win. I feel like I really worked hard for it."
The left-hander said he tries to remember one key thing when in a jam.
"I'm just thinking no matter what happens I'm still in control out there," Capuano said. "Nothing can happen until the ball leaves my head. I try to keep that in my head, that I dictate the action."
In the seventh, the Twins put runners on second and third with two outs, chasing Capuano. Reliever Julio Santana, who has allowed only two of 19 inherited runners to score, walked pinch-hitter Lew Ford to load the bases.
Joe Mauer then grounded out to end the inning, making Minnesota 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
"The story is we missed so many opportunities to drive in a run from third and with less than two outs," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We've been going through these struggles."
The White Sox have won eight consecutive games, and the slump by the Twins, the three-time division champions, has dropped them nearly out of the race.
"You see they've been winning, you see they've been playing good baseball, and obviously we're not making up any ground," Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer said. "You definitely notice that."
Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Minnesota starter Brad Radke (5-7) lost his third straight game. He gave up the home run to Miller to open the second and an unearned run in the fifth.
Torii Hunter snapped an 0-for-12 streak with a solo homer, his 12th, to open the eighth.
Minnesota has scored 12 runs in its last six games, and only six in its last five losses.
Radke pitched five innings, giving up two runs and four hits.
Pinch-hitting with the bases loaded, Cirillo was hit by a pitch from reliever Matt Guerrier, scoring Miller from third to make it 3-1.
The Brewers purchased the contract of IF Trent Durrington from Triple-A Nashville after the game to take Cirillo's spot on the roster. ... It was Miller's third homer this year and first since May 20 at Minnesota. ... The Miller Park roof was closed in the bottom of the fifth as rain clouds approached. ... Milwaukee's winning streak is its longest since the team won four straight from May 23-27. ... The Brewers have not had a triple since May 30 and only have four this season, lowest in the majors. ... Radke has not won an interleague game since July 8, 2001, when he beat Cincinnati. ... Capuano topped last year's victory total, when he went 6-8.