TORONTO (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers are having a lot more fun since calling a players-only meeting.
Carlos Lee drove in his NL-leading 60th run and Chris Capuano
and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter to lead the Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.The Brewers went 3-6 on their road trip, but ended it with two wins after calling the meeting on Friday night. The main message was to relax and have fun."It helped," closer Derrick Turnbow said. "Any time you come together as a team and have a meeting and get everything on the table it definitely helps. And when you win you have more fun, there's no question about that."Capuano (6-6) struggled with his control, but he gave up just one run on four hits in five innings. He walked three and hit a batter in the third, but he got Reed Johnson to ground into a double play and Shea Hillenbrand to pop out to prevent any further damage.Capuano finished with a season-high five walks and six strikeouts."I'm definitely going to buy the bullpen a steak dinner one of these days for picking me up there," Capuano said. "I hate to do the five and dive."Matt Wise pitched 2 1/3 innings and Tommy Phelps got two outs in the eighth before allowing a double to Russ Adams to start the ninth. Turnbow relieved and got three outs for his 11th save in 12 chances.Toronto left 10 men on base."We put a lot of guys on base, but we couldn't get the big hit. That was very frustrating for us," Frank Catalanotto said.Catalanotto connected off Capuano in the fifth, just his second career homer off a left-hander. He has 58 career home runs. His other homer off a left-hander was against Boston's Matt White on May 30, 2003.Toronto starter Josh Towers (5-6) walked Chad Moeller in the third before Brady Clark doubled. Jeff Cirillo followed with a two-run double to center. Lee later hit a sacrifice fly, giving
Milwaukee a 3-1 lead.Rickie Weeks added an RBI single in the sixth.Towers gave up four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings."I just didn't execute a couple of pitches," Towers said.Weeks' throwing error in the eighth allowed Toronto's second run to score. The rookie second baseman failed to turn a double play when his throw sailed over first baseman Lyle Overbay, allowing Aaron Hill to score.Milwaukee scored its fifth run on shortstop Adams' two errors in the ninth. Adams failed to field a grounder up the middle and then threw the ball to the backstop while trying to throw out Clark, who scored from second.
Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells is expected to return to the team on Monday after his wife gave birth to a boy this the weekend. ... Fans booed first baseman Eric Hinske, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, dropping his average to .244. ... Lee has 16 RBI in June.