Brewers 5, Giants 1

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Getting hit by the ball instead of hitting it proved to be a winning formula for the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Chris Capuano took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and won his seventh straight decision, and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of wildness by San Francisco’s pitchers to beat the Giants 5-1 Sunday.

Noah Lowry (6-11) and Kevin Correia combined in the sixth inning to walk three and hit three batters, and the Brewers took a 4-0 lead with just one hit.

“I’ve never seen an inning like that,” Milwaukee’s Damian Miller said. “It was meant to be our day when that kind of stuff happens.”

After Lowry struck out Brady Clark leading off the sixth, he walked Lyle Overbay and Carlos Lee and hit Ricky Weeks on the left knee, loading the bases. Lowry hit Geoff Jenkins on the right elbow, forcing in the first run of the game.

“I got ahead and picked at the corners,” Lowry said. “I just didn’t get the job done. In a tie game, I have to do a better job.”

Bill Hall lined a single to right field to score Overbay to make it 2-0.

“He lost his confidence in his fastball,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “That was a bad inning.”

Lowry was replaced by Kevin Correia, who walked Miller on four pitches to score Lee. Correia then hit J.J. Hardy on a shoulder to force in Hall. Capuano then struck out and Clark lined out.

“They let the inning come to them instead of trying to take care of it with one swing,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said of his hitters. “Lowry had thrown the ball great up to that point and Jenkins took one in the arm to get a very big run.”

Capuano (12-6) allowed two hits in eight innings, improving to 7-0 in nine starts since losing to Tampa Bay on June 13. It is the longest winning streak by a Brewers pitcher since reliever Curtis Leskanic won seven straight decisions in 2000.

“He was on the attack, throwing strikes and being aggressive,” Yost said. “He was outstanding today.”

Marquis Grissom led off the sixth inning by grounding a single to left field just passed a diving Hall. San Francisco’s other hits were Edgardo Alfonzo’s RBI single in the seventh and Pedro Feliz’s single off Derrick Turnbow in the ninth.

“To get a no-hitter, the stars have to be aligned,” Capuano said. “I wasn’t too worried about it. I felt really good about there today. I was trying to stay on the attack and throw a lot of strikes.”

Milwaukee, which got an eighth-inning homer by Miller off Scott Munter, went 16-12 in July, its first winning month since July 2004 and its best July record since 1997.


Clark went 1-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. … The Giants lost for just the seventh time in their last 17 road games.

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