Brewers 6, Cubs 3

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Chris Capuano led the Brewers with his pitching and hitting.

Capuano pitched effectively into the seventh inning and hit an RBI double to help the Milwaukee Brewers snap a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Bill Hall and Ben Grieve homered to help the Brewers beat Cubs ace Kerry Wood and win for just the second time in 10 games.

“Capuano was on the attack,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “The thing I see about Capuano is he is such a competitor when he steps on the mound. He comes at you.”

Capuano (5-5) allowed only one runner past first—Michael Barrett’s homer in the second—until Derrek Lee doubled in the seventh and Aramis Ramirez followed with an RBI single.

Mike Adams relieved and got Barrett to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Capuano won for the first time in three home starts and beat the Cubs for the second time this season. He gave up two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking two.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker was impressed with the left-hander’s performance.

“He was throwing strikes,” Baker said. “He was mixing it up well. We’re not hitting some of those lefties very well. We’ve got to make some adjustments there.”

Capuano helped himself and the team with his double with runners in scoring position in the bottom of the second and the scored tied at 1.

Grieve led off with a double, but Wood struck out Hall and Chad Moeller which brought Capuano to the plate.

He swung at Wood’s first pitch and drove in Grieve to put Milwaukee ahead to stay.

“The was a big hit because we haven’t picked up those runs at second base for awhile,” Yost said after the hit helped Milwaukee improve to 4-for-62 with runners in scoring position over its last nine games. “For him to be able to come up against a pitcher like Kerry Wood and drive in that second run was huge for us. That picked everybody up.”

Wood (5-4), making his fourth start since being activated from the disabled list on July 11, allowed season highs of five runs and seven hits in six innings, but struck out 10 and walked only two. In his previous three starts, he was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 17 innings.

He had a tough time against the leadoff batters as the Brewers put the first man on in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings. Each one scored except in the fifth.

Scott Podsednik walked to lead off the game and scored on Geoff Jenkins’ sacrifice fly.

Barrett tied it in the second with his 12th homer, which matched his career high, but Milwaukee went right back ahead on Capuano’s two-out double, his sixth hit of the season.

Hall’s two-run homer made it 4-1 and marked the first time since opening day (April 5) at Cincinnati, that Wood surrendered four runs.

Wood put the leadoff batter on for the fourth time when Podesdnik singled and stole second to start the fifth. But Wood worked out of the jam by picking off Podsednik at second and striking out Craig Counsell before Jenkins doubled. Russell Branyan then struck out to end the inning.

Grieve hit a solo shot off Wood in the sixth.

Baker still saw some positives in Wood’s effort.

“Kerry threw the ball great,” Baker said. “He just made a couple of mistakes. When he made them, they didn’t miss them. Everything is good physically, so you have to be happy with that.”

Even Wood felt there were encouraging signs.

“It felt like I had better stuff today,” he said. “That’s the one positive I can take out of it.”

Kent Mercker’s wild pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh gave the Brewers their sixth run.

Todd Walker had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 6-3.

Dan Kolb pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for 30th save in 31 opportunities.


Wood struckout Chad Moeller in the second, giving him 1,139 strikeouts, good for fifth place on the Cubs’ all-time strikeout list. He surpassed Hippo Vaughn (1913-1921) who had 1,138 strikeouts in 270 starts. Wood did it in 153. … The Cubs are 49-51 all time in 100 games against the Brewers. … Kolb has 16 straight saves since May 31. … Milwaukee scored six runs in its four losses. … Capuano picked Wood off first in the third.

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