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Series: Game 1 of 3

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 4/24)

Game 1: Monday, April 24
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 25
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 26
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Braves 2

(9-10, 6-7 away)

Brewers 3

(10-10, 7-4 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 24, 2006

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: C. Capuano (3-2)

    L: K. Davies (1-2)

    S: D. Turnbow (6)

    Capuano, bullpen shut down Braves in Brewers' win

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The way things were going on the Brewers infield on Monday night, Chris Capuano was fortunate to be a flyball pitcher.

    Capuano pitched seven strong innings as Milwaukee beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2, but his handiwork was nearly frittered away by sloppy fielding.

    No big deal, Capuano said.

    "It's going to happen sometimes," Capuano said. "And sometimes I'm going to give up five and they're going to score seven."

    Capuano (3-2) allowed one run and three hits in the victory, and Corey Koskie hit his first home run for the Brewers in the seventh to put Milwaukee ahead 3-1.

    Matt Wise relieved Capuano in the eighth, allowing a single and a walk to lead off the inning, and Rickie Weeks flubbed a potential double-play at second base -- his second error of the game and team-high seventh of the season.

    With the bases loaded and nobody out, Weeks and the Brewers got another shot at a double play and turned it, but Pete Orr scored to cut the Brewers' lead to 3-2.

    Wise got Andruw Jones to ground out to end the inning.

    "That was no doubt the biggest moment of the game," Capuano said. "I was so happy to see him get out of that."

    Derrick Turnbow pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

    Capuano allowed a leadoff triple to Marcus Giles in the third and then retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced -- his only baserunner coming on an error by Weeks in the sixth. He gave up one run and three hits.

    "Cappy's been pitching great for us," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I was just glad we could give him some runs."

    Yost took Capuano out of the game because his pitch count had reached 104.

    "That wasn't his doing," Yost said. "That was kind of ours."

    Yost was referring to the errors, although he said he wasn't concerned about Weeks.

    "If we put a lot of stress and emphasis on it, then, at times, it gets into your head a little bit," Yost said.

    Weeks also made an error in the sixth, and first baseman Prince Fielder let a ball slip past him later in the inning after Jenkins tried to throw behind Wilson Betemit from right field. But catcher Damian Miller was backing up Fielder on the play.

    Weeks and Fielder also failed to connect on a possible pickoff play in the first, as Fielder threw wide to second and the ball slipped out of Weeks' glove.

    But Fielder made up for it with his bat, with three of the Brewers' four hits off Braves starter Kyle Davies.

    Fielder led off the seventh with a hard single to right despite a shift by the Braves' infield that positioned three players on the right side of the infield.

    Koskie followed Fielder with his first home run of the season to the second deck in right field. Koskie was acquired in the offseason in a trade from Toronto.

    Davies (1-2) pitched well in the loss, allowing three runs and four hits in seven innings.

    "Its tough," Davies said. "I felt really good. I pitched well early and, actually, that was the only pitch that I felt was not a very good pitch and it got hit out of the ballpark in a big situation."

    The Brewers tied the game 1-1 in the fourth on a double-steal that allowed Geoff Jenkins to steal home -- a bit of trickery from Yost against his former boss, Braves manager Bobby Cox.

    "You can't use it very often," Yost said.

    Jenkins walked to open the inning and went to third on a sharp one-out single to right by Fielder.

    With a 3-2 count on Koskie, Yost sent Fielder to steal second, drawing a throw from catcher Todd Pratt. Jenkins waited for the throw, which was high, and then charged home to score -- the first time a Brewers player had stolen home since Scott Podsednik on Aug 30, 2003, at Wrigley Field.

    "He was out at second and out at home if we make the play," Cox said.

    The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the third on thanks to Giles, who returned to the lineup after missing three games with an injured finger.

    Giles lead off the third with a triple after Brady Clark mistimed his jump and the ball went off the wall in center field. Giles scored on a chopper by Matt Diaz, as shortstop J.J. Hardy delivered a high throw to catcher Miller, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead.

    Game notes


    Yost moved Clark, who was hitting .203 going into Monday's game, out of the leadoff spot to eighth in the lineup. He was 0-for-3. Weeks hit leadoff and was 0-for-4. ... Chipper Jones is eligible to come off the disabled list and is expected to play Tuesday. ... With a cold front moving in, the Miller Park roof began to close in the top of the eighth.

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