Brewers lose for fourth time in 5 games, Atlanta makes last push with 7-4 win
ATLANTA (AP)—After manager Ned Yost lost his cool, the Milwaukee Brewers lost more ground in the NL Central.
Yost was ejected during Atlanta’s four-run rally in the seventh inning, and the Braves sent the wobbling Brewers to their fourth loss in five games, 7-4 on Sunday.
The Brewers dropped 3 1/2 games behind division-leading Chicago. The Cubs beat Pittsburgh 8-0.
Atlanta won for the seventh time in eight games in a late playoff push. The Braves moved within 3 1/2 games of San Diego in the wild-card race and remained 5 1/2 games in back of New York in the NL East.
Mark Teixeira barely beat out an infield hit, Jeff Francoeur walked and Andruw Jones blooped an RBI single that made it 4-3. Francoeur rounded second base, made a headfirst dive back into the bag and was called safe by second base umpire Chris Guccione.
Yost argued that call and was tossed. He then gestured and appeared to vent anger at first-base umpire Jerry Layne, who made the call on Teixeira’s infield hit.
Yost focused his postgame comments on what he said was poor umpiring throughout the series.
“With games of the implication of this right here, and we get this kind of effort,” Yost said. “It’s been the whole series. There’s been a number of calls. Not one call has gone our way.”
Francoeur thought that Guccione made the right call.
“He had a great angle,” Francoeur said. “He was right there in front. I slipped my hand in there. The throw definitely beat me. I made a little juke move with my hand.”
“I wasn’t trying to get a big hit. I was just trying to get a good at-bat,” Prado said.
Teixeira added a two-run double in the eighth.
The Braves’ rally ruined a chance for Brewers starter Chris Capuano to end his franchise-record streak of 12 straight losses.
Capuano gave up one run in five innings while filling in for ace Ben Sheets, who is recovering from a hamstring injury. Capuano began the season 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA.
“I felt good out there throwing the ball. I’ve been working on stuff lately. I’ve been having problems all year missing spots and keeping the ball up, so I’ve been using my time in the bullpen to try and kind of get my mechanics going good,” Capuano said. “I feel like I made a little progress.”
Corky Miller gave the Braves’ 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the second.
After the victory gave his team a chance to enter the season’s final week with slim playoff hopes, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox praised his players.
“We’re still alive,” Cox said. “Even if we weren’t, they’d be playing the same kind of ball. I never doubted that for one minute.”
The Braves announced that over 2.7 million tickets were sold in 2007, the most since 2001 when they drew over 2.8 million. … The Brewers, who begin a three-game series against St. Louis on Monday, have lost six straight to the Cardinals. … Milwaukee C Mike Rivera replaced Johnny Estrada (knee) in the third.