ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A pitcher who had been winless since August
helped the Milwaukee Brewers find a way to beat the St. Louis
Chris Capuano gave up just two runs in 6 1/3 innings and also
doubled to lead the Brewers to a 4-3 victory Thursday that avoided
a three-game sweep.
"To pitch to this lineup like he did and to hold them like
that, that was good," manager Ned Yost said. "We needed to get on
the board and we needed one of our starters to hold them and give
us a chance, and he did just that."
Russell Branyan homered and Brady Clark had a two-run double for
the Brewers, who won for only the third time in 13 games and
defeated the Cardinals for the first time in six meetings this
season. They also won for the first time this year when scoring
fewer than six runs.
Reggie Sanders hit his fifth homer for the Cardinals, who lost
for only the second time in 13 games. St. Louis has 14 victories
this month, tying the 1963 Cardinals for most April wins in
franchise history, and completed a 6-2 homestand.
The game, a makeup from a rainout on Monday, was delayed 1 hour,
16 minutes at the start by rain. It was played in 50-degree
temperatures and drew a paid crowd of 26,026, although the
turnstile count was 9,551, a season low in St. Louis.
Both teams lost days off on Thursday.
"It feels great, obviously," Clark said. "We've come up short
against them, and especially having to stay here it's nice to get a
Capuano (1-2) gave up five hits in his first victory since Aug.
8 at Florida. His double leading off the third was only the second
hit in 39 at-bats by Brewers pitchers this season.
He didn't mind the conditions.
"I think pitching is the easiest position when it's cold and
wet out there," Capuano said. "You get hot throwing before the
game and you stay out there."
Jason Marquis (3-1), facing the Brewers for the second time in
three outings, gave up four runs and five hits in seven innings.
with a season-low two strikeouts.
"I had success with my cutter the last time around with them,
and I think I might have overused it a little bit too much today,"
Marquis said. "I'm usually a guy who sticks to the game plan, and
I got away from that."
Branyan hit his fifth homer off leading off the second for the
game's first run, and Capuano doubled in the third and scored on
Geoff Jenkins' two-out single for a 2-0 lead. Sanders' first homer
since April 13 came in the fourth, but Clark made it 4-1 in the
fifth with a two-run double that followed a pair of walks.
Pinch-hitter Roger Cedeno's run-scoring infield single off
Capuano's glove in the seventh cut the gap to 4-2. It scored Hector
Luna, who doubled to start the inning when right fielder Geoff
Jenkins barely missed making a diving catch.
The Cardinals cut it to 4-3 against Ricky Bottalico in the
eighth on an infield hit by Scott Rolen, a checked-swing single by
So Taguchi and a run-scoring groundout by Luna. Derrick Turnbow
worked the ninth for his second save.
Albert Pujols, who beat an overshifted defense when he
singled in the first through where the second baseman regular
plays, has reached base in 28 straight regular-season games dating
to last season. But Pujols failed twice in RBI situations, striking
out with runners on first and second to end the seventh and flying
out with the tying run on first for the last out of the game. ...
Brewers 1B Lyle Overbay did not start for the second straight game
after receiving 12 stitches to close a gash to his jaw on Tuesday.
He entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth. ... Carlos
Lee, who leads the Brewers with 14 RBI, is 0-for-23 against St.
Louis pitching. He got an intentional walk in the eighth with
runners at second and third and no outs. ... Rolen, who won his
sixth Gold Glove at third base last season, has committed a
fielding error in each of the last two games.