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Jenkins, Brewers take advantage of sloppy Braves

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Chris Capuano benefited from some timely offense by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Capuano earned his career-high fifth consecutive win and the Brewers rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 Sunday.

Geoff Jenkins homered and drove in three runs, and NL leader Carlos Lee had two more RBI for the Brewers.

Capuano (10-6) left with a 5-4 lead after the Brewers rallied for three runs in the fifth. He gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out six.

If Milwaukee hadn't taken the lead, manager Ned Yost planned to remove Capuano before the bottom of the inning.

"I was really laboring in the fourth. If we didn't come back and get the lead, Ned said he was going to take me out," Capuano said. "When we got the lead, he told me if I got in trouble when I went out there in the fifth, he'd yank me.

"I have to thank him for giving me a chance to go back out there and get the win."

Fortunately for Capuano, he pitched his best inning of the game in the fifth, striking out two and getting a groundout. Rookie third baseman Andy Marte reached on a two-out error by third baseman Russell Branyan, but the lefty struck out Jeff Francoeur to end the inning.

"I just told myself to bear down and give it all I got," said Capuano, who threw 100 pitches. "When I look back, it could have been a lot worse. In retrospect, I'm pleased."

Rookie Francoeur and Rafael Furcal homered, but the Braves committed three errors, two by Marte, and dropped their second straight game after they had won six in a row.

"We kicked the ball around a little bit today," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "Marte's almost as sure-handed a guy as you want to see over there. He never misses anything."

Marte's first error helped spark Milwaukee's three-run fifth. After Brady Clark's leadoff single, Rickie Weeks reached when his grounder went through Marte's legs.

Lyle Overbay doubled and Lee followed with a sacrifice fly to tie it and chase Atlanta starter Roman Colon (1-5) before Jenkins hit a single off reliever John Foster to make it 5-4.

Lee, who has 76 RBI, added a run-scoring single in the sixth and Jenkins hit his ninth homer, a solo shot, in the seventh.

"You can't do it without your teammates," Lee said. "I had three shots today with runners in scoring position."

Lee is the Brewers' only All-Star and will represent Panama in the Home Run Derby.

Jenkins had a RBI groundout in the first -- an unearned run after first baseman Julio Franco's error -- and Branyan hit a solo home run, his eighth, in the second for a 2-0 lead.

Francoeur's two-run homer, his second in only three games, tied it at 2 in the second. Franco hit a sacrifice fly in the third and Furcal added a solo shot in the fourth for a 4-2 lead.

Furcal went 5-for-5, a career high for hits in a game.

Milwaukee added a run in the ninth on an RBI double by Bill Hall off Chris Reitsma, who left the game when the next hitter, J.J. Hardy, hit a liner into his lower rib area. Reitsma recovered and threw out Hardy. X-rays taken of Reitsma were negative.

Colon went 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs -- three earned -- and five hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Andruw Jones' streak of RBI in seven straight games ended. He went 0-for-2 Sunday, but drew three walks.

"Everybody's got to come together," Jones said. "You can't wait for me to hit a home run. We have done it for the most part, that's why we've been winning."

Jones, who will join John Smoltz in Detroit, leads the NL with 27 homers and also will be in the Home Run Derby.

Notes

  • Marcus Giles was credited with a single in the first inning when his grounder toward shortstop hit runner Furcal, who was called out.
  • Milwaukee CF Clark robbed Marte of his first major league home run with a leaping grab of his drive in the third inning. Marte was robbed again in the eighth of an extra-base hit when LF Lee crashed into the fence to catch his liner.
 
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Chris Capuano earns his career-high fifth consecutive win and improves to 10-6.  (AP)
Chris Capuano earns his career-high fifth consecutive win and improves to 10-6. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

R. Furcal
AB 5
R 1
H 5
HR 1
RBI 1
Milwaukee

G. Jenkins
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4220103 .317
Rickie Weeks, 2B5110012 .264
Lyle Overbay, 1B3111212 .274
Carlos Lee, LF4122013 .268
Geoff Jenkins, RF5123001 .258
Bill Hall, SS-3B5011013 .280
Russell Branyan, 3B4111022 .274
    J.J. Hardy, SS1000001 .187
Damian Miller, C4000101 .265
Chris Capuano, P2000000 .108
   a- Wes Helms, PH1110000 .280
    Tomo Ohka, P0000000 .167
   b- Chris Magruder, PH1000001 .233
    Ricky Bottalico, P0000000 .000
    Julio Santana, P0000000 .000
   c- Trent Durrington, PH0000100 .400
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
Totals3981185619 
a-singled for Capuano in the 6th
b-flied out for Ohka in the 7th
c-walked for Santana in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (16, Colon), Bill Hall (19, Reitsma)
HR - Geoff Jenkins (9, Kolb), Russell Branyan (8, Colon)
SF - Carlos Lee (5)
RBI - Lyle Overbay (41), Carlos Lee 2 (76), Geoff Jenkins 3 (33), Bill Hall (39), Russell Branyan (21)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (28)
SB - Carlos Lee (10, 2nd base off Reitsma/Estrada)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Hall-Overbay, Hall-Hardy-Overbay
E - Russell Branyan (2, Throwing error), Rickie Weeks (6, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (W,10-6) 5744262 3.63
Tomo Ohka (H,1) 1100000 3.62
Ricky Bottalico (H,9) 1.2000310 3.82
Julio Santana (H,7) 0.1100010 4.45
Derrick Turnbow 1100110 2.41
HBP - Estrada (by Chris Capuano)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 100-64, Tomo Ohka 12-9, Ricky Bottalico 29-13, Julio Santana 9-6, Derrick Turnbow 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-5, Tomo Ohka 2-0, Ricky Bottalico 1-2, Derrick Turnbow 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 26, Tomo Ohka 3, Ricky Bottalico 7, Julio Santana 2, Derrick Turnbow 5
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS5151000 .254
Kelly Johnson, LF5000026 .258
Marcus Giles, 2B4120100 .304
Andruw Jones, CF2000303 .272
Julio Franco, 1B4011013 .281
Johnny Estrada, C3110102 .277
Andy Marte, 3B5000015 .159
Jeff Francoeur, RF4112032 .308
Roman Colon, P2000020 .000
    John Foster, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .297
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
    Jim Brower, P0000000 .000
   b- Wilson Betemit, PH0000100 .300
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gryboski, P0000000 .000
Totals3541046921 
a-grounded out for Boyer in the 6th
b-walked for Brower in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (13, Capuano), Marcus Giles (27, Capuano)
HR - Rafael Furcal (7, Capuano), Jeff Francoeur (2, Capuano)
SF - Julio Franco (2)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (31), Julio Franco (29), Jeff Francoeur 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (11)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
E - Julio Franco (4, Misplayed grounder), Andy Marte 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Roman Colon (L,1-5) 4.1553221 5.44
John Foster 0.2100010 2.55
Blaine Boyer 1211100 1.46
Dan Kolb 1111011 5.56
Jim Brower 1000020 5.27
Chris Reitsma 0.2211000 3.67
Kevin Gryboski 0.1000200 2.29
IBB - D. Miller by Kevin Gryboski
HBP - Clark (by Blaine Boyer)
Pitches-Strikes - Roman Colon 75-45, John Foster 12-8, Blaine Boyer 22-14, Dan Kolb 20-15, Jim Brower 12-8, Chris Reitsma 12-9, Kevin Gryboski 15-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roman Colon 8-5, Dan Kolb 1-2, Jim Brower 1-0, Chris Reitsma 1-1, Kevin Gryboski 1-0
Batters Faced - Roman Colon 22, John Foster 3, Blaine Boyer 6, Dan Kolb 5, Jim Brower 3, Chris Reitsma 4, Kevin Gryboski 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24916
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Brian O'Nora