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Beckett leaves game in third inning

MIAMI (AP) -- It was another misfortune-filled night for Josh Beckett and the Florida Marlins, one that the Milwaukee Brewers
happily capitalized upon.

Russell Branyan returned to the lineup with three hits and two
RBI, and Geoff Jenkins had three hits and scored three runs to
help the Brewers to the 6-4 victory on Tuesday night.

Beckett (8-6) left in the third inning with a strained left side
muscle, after allowing three runs. The injury will be reevaluated
Wednesday, and it's unknown if Beckett -- who was on the disabled
list just a couple weeks ago with a blister problem -- will make
Sunday's scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs.

"It was worse out of the stretch than it was out of the
windup," said Beckett, who was on the DL last year with a similar
injury. "And considering I was out of the ... stretch the whole
... time, that's what happens."

Beckett -- who said his command before the injury was as good as
it's been all season -- allowed six hits in two-plus innings, and
the Brewers stayed hot once he left. They had 16 hits with five
Brewers getting two or more.

Chris Capuano (9-6) pitched into the eighth to win his fourth
straight start.

"Sixteen hits tonight. Everybody contributed," said Branyan,
who hadn't played since June 1 because of a broken finger.
"Capuano threw one heck of a game."

Capuano allowed three runs in the eighth and Derrick Turnbow
worked the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.

"We're starting to swing the bats a little bit and our pitching
has been good," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Cappy pitched
another great game."

Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run double to highlight Florida's
eighth inning. Mike Lowell had three hits and scored a run for the
Marlins, who fell a season-high eight games behind Washington in
the NL East.

"They hit us, so what can you do?" Marlins manager Jack McKeon
said. "Yeah, you don't like it. But that's why you have a 162-game
schedule, so you can try to even it up."

Nine of the first 16 Milwaukee batters had hits, and four
Brewers -- Damian Miller, Lyle Overbay, Jenkins and Branyan -- each
collected two by the end of the fourth inning, as Milwaukee built a
4-0 lead. Miller had two run-scoring singles, one in the second and
another in the third, and Capuano settled in nicely.

"I had pretty good command of my pitches," Capuano said, "but
you can't do it without guys making great plays."

Capuano needed only eight pitches to get out of the sixth and
seventh innings, then was relieved after allowing three straight
hits to open the eighth. Damion Easley tripled and scored on Juan
Pierre's infield single in the inning, and Encarnacion's hit to
left drove home Pierre and Luis Castillo.

Jeff Conine's sacrifice fly in the fifth scored Florida's first
run.

Beckett allowed four straight hits and two runs in the second
inning, then struck out Capuano, Brady Clark and Rickie Weeks
consecutively. He gave up a leadoff single to Overbay in the third,
but came out three pitches later -- and Branyan said the Brewers
weren't aware he was laboring.

"He can be so dominant," Branyan said. "Either you get him,
or you don't."

Beckett walked off the mound and McKeon summoned left-hander Al
Leiter from the bullpen. It was the 31st relief appearance of
Leiter's career, and his first since Sept. 15, 1993, for the
Toronto Blue Jays. Leiter gave up five hits and one earned run in
three innings.

"Scale of what, one to 10? Ten. I don't know what to do,"
Beckett said, when asked about his frustration level with the
injuries. "I really don't. It's very frustrating. Nobody seems to
have any answers why it keeps happening or anything like that.

Game notes
Miller had three hits for the fourth time this season. ...
Branyan had three hits for the 17th time in his career. ... The
Marlins lost for the eighth time in 46 games when scoring at least
four runs. ... The Brewers (40-43) hadn't been within three games
of .500 since June 8. ... Carlos Delgado hit into a 5-6-3 double
play in the sixth; Milwaukee shortstop J.J. Hardy was shifted to
the second-base side for the left-handed hitter, then turned the
play after taking a throw from Branyan. ... Capuano has an ERA of
3.28 in his last four starts.