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Teixeira, Campillo step up, help Braves salvage win in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE -- The best hitter in the big leagues has a new description for Jorge Campillo's deceptive pitches.

"He's throwing the invis-a-ball up there," Chipper Jones said.

The only thing stopping the reliever-turned-starter now is painful blisters.

Campillo had his first career hit to score two, and Mark Teixeira homered and drove in four runs to lift the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

"Hitting is pretty good, but the way that I pitched feels better," Campillo said.

That is, until a blister flared up. Campillo (2-0) left after six strikeouts over five innings when the callus on his right middle finger reopened, and said he'll need to work hard to make his next start.

"We hope he's going to make his next start," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "If he can give us five like that every time, that's good enough. What a fantastic story Campy is."

The 29-year-old righty earned his first win May 20, but blisters began then and limited him to four innings in his last start Saturday.

Milwaukee's first four hitters -- including Prince Fielder and Ryan J. Braun -- went 2-for-16 with nine strikeouts on the day and the Brewers struck out 12 times overall.

"He had Prince talking to himself down there at first base," Jones said. "It just goes to show you, you don't have to throw the ball 95 mph. If you change speeds and locate with three or four different pitches, you can win and you can shut people down and you can frustrate people."

Jones went 2-for-4 with two walks to raise his major league leading average to .420 and help the Braves avoid being swept for the third time this season.

"The guy's hitting .420, he's going to get walked," said Teixeira, the beneficiary of Jones' free passes. "I've never seen somebody this locked in for two months to start a season."

But Jones has been the only Braves hitter on a tear recently. Atlanta gave up only five runs in Milwaukee, but still lost the first two of the series.

"We're of the belief we should've won all three, certainly should've won the series," Jones said. "The state of things around here, you can't take anything for granted."

Brewers starter Seth McClung (2-2) worked out of trouble in the first four innings, allowing only an RBI single to Teixeira in the third after he was run over at the bag by Teixeira following a bad throw. The play could've been the third out of the inning, but instead snapped Atlanta's 0-for-9 streak in the series with runners in scoring position.

"I'm just glad no one got hurt there," Teixeira said. "Me and Seth are two big boys colliding, but it kind of got us rolling, I guess."

Following a shaky fourth inning, McClung, another reliever thrust into a starting role, faltered in the fifth.

After getting the first out, Kelly Johnson singled, then stole second, and Jones was intentionally walked.

"You're not going to let him beat you in that situation," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Instead, Teixeira did it, turning on a belt-high fastball for a three-run homer to make it 4-0.

"I left a pitch in to Teixeira that he could hit," McClung said. "It's my fault."

After another out, McClung, who gave up eight hits and walked six, allowed a double to Jeff Francoeur and then walked the bases loaded, one of 11 issued by Brewers pitchers, to end his outing in favor of reliever Tim Dillard.

Campillo then hit a flare just out of the reach of a diving Corey Hart in right field to give the Braves a 6-0 lead and Atlanta tacked on two more off Johnson's two-out hit in the ninth.

Campillo, who threw 73 pitches, allowed four hits and the homer to Branyan caused his ERA to rise to 0.99 in 36 1/3 innings this season over 16 appearances. He hasn't allowed a walk since May 8.

Notes

  • Jones joked afterward that one of his favorite bats "died a hero" after he shattered it on a single in the first to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. "That's why I wouldn't let go of it, I carried it all the way down to first," he said.
  • Braves reliever Manny Acosta struck out all four batters he faced.
  • Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth after being activated from the disabled list Wednesday night. Soriano had missed 45 games with right elbow tendinitis, and said he felt good after the outing.
  • Hart was called for catcher's interference in the fourth and got hung up on the basepaths after a double in the sixth that eventually caused Fielder to be tagged out.
 
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Mark Teixeira and Chipper Jones help the Braves avoid being swept for the third time this season.  (AP)
Mark Teixeira and Chipper Jones help the Braves avoid being swept for the third time this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Teixeira
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Atlanta

J. Campillo
IP 5.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 6
 
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS6130003 .308
Kelly Johnson, 2B6122023 .294
Chipper Jones, 3B4120202 .420
Mark Teixeira, 1B3124200 .274
Greg Norton, LF4010003 .262
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P1000003 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110100 .255
Gregor Blanco, CF3100221 .290
Corky Miller, C3100201 .077
Jorge Campillo, P3012001 .111
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .167
    Omar Infante, LF0100200 .261
Totals378128114  
Batting
2B - Jeff Francoeur (14, McClung)
HR - Mark Teixeira (6, McClung)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (25), Mark Teixeira 4 (35), Jorge Campillo 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (8), Mark Teixeira (18), Jorge Campillo 2 (2)
SB - Kelly Johnson (5, 2nd base off McClung/Kendall)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Campillo (W,2-0) 5411061 0.99
Jeff Bennett 1200010 3.64
Blaine Boyer 0.2000200 3.73
Manny Acosta 1.1000040 2.67
Rafael Soriano 1000110 1.80
WP - Rafael Soriano (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Campillo 73-49, Jeff Bennett 18-11, Blaine Boyer 19-7, Manny Acosta 18-12, Rafael Soriano 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Campillo 5-4, Jeff Bennett 1-0, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge Campillo 19, Jeff Bennett 4, Blaine Boyer 4, Manny Acosta 4, Rafael Soriano 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000033 .204
Mike Cameron, CF4000030 .230
Ryan Braun, LF4010010 .286
Prince Fielder, 1B4010021 .273
Corey Hart, RF3020002 .302
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000010 .219
Russell Branyan, 3B2111211 .308
J.J. Hardy, SS4000003 .249
Jason Kendall, C4000002 .259
Seth McClung, P1000010 .000
    Tim Dillard, P10100001.000
    Gabe Kapler, RF0000100 .296
Totals32161312  
a-struck out for Tavarez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (16, Campillo), Corey Hart (12, J. Bennett)
HR - Russell Branyan (1, Campillo)
RBI - Russell Branyan (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Hardy-Fielder, Branyan-Weeks
E - Rickie Weeks (4, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Seth McClung (L,2-2) 4.2866611 4.80
Tim Dillard 1.1100010 0.00
Brian Shouse 2100320 2.37
Julian Tavarez 1222200 6.75
IBB - Jones by Seth McClung, by Blanco
WP - Brian Shouse (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 85-41, Tim Dillard 18-11, Brian Shouse 39-21, Julian Tavarez 23-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 5-6, Tim Dillard 1-2, Brian Shouse 3-1, Julian Tavarez 3-0
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 26, Tim Dillard 5, Brian Shouse 10, Julian Tavarez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 33334
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Chris Tiller, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Mark Wegner