Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 1
“It was big at that point of the game,” Lee said. “It was everything he needed. He was getting in some trouble early and pitching his way out of it. He’s been big for us, you know?”
J.J. Hardy also drove in a run for the Brewers (72-72), who have won six of eight to reach .500 for the first time since Aug. 7.
“We’re swinging the bats good now,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “You know, we’re getting good pitching, playing good defense and that’s what’s keeping us going.”
Capuano (17-9) battled through seven innings despite taking a comebacker off his pitching arm and falling awkwardly going after another, and won for the fifth time in six starts to tie Houston’s Roy Oswalt for third in the National League in wins. Jaime Navarro was the last Milwaukee pitcher to win 17 games in 1992.
“It seems like we’ve been scoring a lot of runs in my starts, and even when I haven’t pitched well we’ve been able to find ways to win,” Capuano said. “The win column is kind of arbitrary at times, so when you get lucky, you’ve just got to ride it out.”
Capuano, a former Diamondbacks player traded as part of the 2003 deal that brought Richie Sexson to Arizona for a year, shut out his former team through five innings. Troy Glaus led off the sixth with his 35th homer—tying a franchise record by homering in four straight games.
But Capuano pitched two more innings and left after allowing one run and five hits with four walks. He struck out seven, using a fastball that was still clocked at 95 mph in the sixth.
“You never like to get traded,” he said. “It is nice to get a win against your old ballclub. It just feels good.”
Lee lined his 31st homer into the left-field bullpen off Javier Vazquez, and Jenkins lofted his 22nd over the swimming pool in right-center on the next pitch.
It was the third time this season the Brewers have hit consecutive homers. The last time was on Aug. 2 at the New York Mets—also by Lee and Jenkins.
Vazquez (10-15) retired six straight after the solo shots, finishing the seventh before Quentin McCracken pinch hit for him. He threw a season-high 121 pitches while dropping to 1-6 in his last nine starts, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks.
“He pitched well enough to keep us in the game and give us a chance to win,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “We didn’t come through on our opportunities.”
Capuano had a runner on third with one out in two early innings and pitched out of trouble both times.
Arizona’s Royce Clayton said Capuano wasn’t throwing hard at first.
“We got under a few, and then he started elevating his fastball, changing speeds, and then he mixed it up,” Clayton said. “I guess that’s why he’s successful.”
The Brewers were up 1-0 by then. Damian Miller, another former Diamondbacks player, led off the third with a single, the first hit off Vazquez, and scored from second on Hardy’s single to center.
The roof at Bank One Ballpark was open for a game for the first time since June 11 against Kansas City. … Hardy extended his hitting streak to nine games. … Arizona LF Luis Gonzalez had two putouts and an assist in the third, catching a liner by Rickie Weeks and doubling up Bill Hall at first before he could get back after a hit-and-run. … Reggie Sanders homered in four straight games for Arizona from July 17-21, 2001, and Glaus tied the mark on April 6-10. … Glaus moved into a tie with Steve Finley (2000) and Matt Williams (1999) for fourth-most homers in franchise history. … The Diamondbacks, who went 4-2 on a road trip, have lost four straight at home and are 29-41 in Phoenix.