Milwaukee (41-46) at Atlanta (50-38)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Jul 10, 2005
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Chris Capuano will try to help the Milwaukee Brewers end the first half of the season on a positive note when he takes the ball against the Atlanta Braves in the deciding game of their series.

Capuano allowed four runs and eight hits over seven innings in a 6-4 win at Florida on Tuesday to improve to 4-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his last four starts. He had been 2-4 with a 3.05 ERA in his previous six outings.

After failing to provide much run support in the early going, the Brewers have been supplying the 26-year-old left-hander with more than he’s needed of late. Milwaukee is averaging nearly eight runs per game during Capuano’s winning streak, compared to 2.4 over his first six starts.

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

So did Ben Sheets on Saturday. The Brewers’ ace tossed seven strong innings as Milwaukee snapped Atlanta’s season-high six-game winning streak with a 9-6 victory.

The right-hander gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning, but then held the Braves scoreless over the next six innings. He allowed eight hits and walked one as the Brewers ended a three-game skid.

Kelly Johnson hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Atlanta, which lost for just the sixth time in 23 games.

Roman Colon will try to continue his surprising success when he takes the mound for the Braves on Saturday.

Colon is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts since moving to the rotation, posting 13 strikeouts and just two walks in 19 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander held the Chicago Cubs to one run and seven hits over seven innings in a 5-1 win on Tuesday.

“I definitely think the guy today was Roman,” second baseman Marcus Giles said. “He just tightened up his belt a little bit in that situation and that shows you a lot about him.”

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C. Capuano NYY vs. R. Colon KC
18-12 Record 2-6
3.99 ERA 5.58
176 K 47
91 BB 21
1.38 WHIP 1.49