MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers found a simple way to
snap their season-long eight-game losing streak. Walk around it.
"It was a grind for me and all of us," Capuano said. "It's
extra rewarding when you win those games, when you go out there and
you don't have your best stuff."
Capuano (6-4) wasn't particularly sharp, allowing six hits and
four walks but he excelled compared to Padres starter Clay Hensley
(4-4), who issued walks to four of his first eight batters and
finished with a career-high seven.
"In those situations, you try to let him dig as big a hole as
you can let him," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We've been on
the other end of it enough the last week."
Milwaukee's Gabe Gross, starting in right field for Geoff
Jenkins, hit his second home run in as many days in the eighth.
Jenkins sat out with a concussion, a day after colliding with burly
first baseman Prince Fielder.
Gross had been mired in a 6-for-45 slump and said he's spent
extra time hitting after games during the losing skid to tweak his
"The biggest thing is when you get to struggling, just get back
to basics," Gross said.
Yost praised his seldom-used outfielder, whom the Brewers
acquired from Toronto in the offseason as part of the Lyle Overbay
"To his credit, it's hard doing what he's doing -- trying to
play one at-bat a night or four at-bats or five at-bats a week,"
Yost said. "It's tough to be sharp in those situations."
Derrick Turnbow recorded his 16th save in 20 opportunities with
a perfect ninth and a fastball that reached 99 mph. He had blown
four of his last seven chances.
The Brewers took advantage of Hensley in the second inning with
three runs, sparked by Fielder's first career triple, a ball that
caromed off the wall and left fielder Eric Young.
After a walk to Damian Miller, Gross' infield single scored
Fielder to tie it at 1.
Hensley then walked Brady Clark to load the bases and Capuano
added an infield hit to bring home Miller.
"I didn't exactly sting it, but I'll take it," Capuano said of
his fifth hit and second RBI of the season.
Rickie Weeks grounded into a double play and a run scored to
make it 3-1.
"The second inning was an ugly inning. That was the difference
in the game," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "You are asking
for trouble if you give them extra outs."
Lee's solo homer in the third put Milwaukee up 4-1 and came
immediately after Padres center fielder Mike Cameron robbed Corey
Koskie of a home run when he made a leaping catch at the wall in
the deepest part of the park.
But Hensley, who struck out only two in his shortest outing of
his career, was finally pulled with two outs after laboring in the
fourth by giving up a single and two walks to load the bases.
Reliever Brian Sweeney avoided damage by getting Koskie to line
"It's pretty embarrassing," Hensley said of throwing more
balls (48) than strikes (39). "I couldn't find the strike zone. My
arm felt great. I just couldn't find the location."
Meanwhile, Capuano did just enough to get by after giving up an
RBI single to Mike Piazza in the first, and the Padres had the
tying run at the plate or onboard in the fifth, sixth, seventh and
The biggest threats were in the fifth, when Capuano allowed
three singles to load the bases and Mike Cameron's sacrifice fly
cut Milwaukee's lead to 4-2, and the sixth, when Capuano ended his
night by striking out Josh Barfield with men on second and third
with two outs. Capuano finished with six strikeouts.
"It just seemed like they were bound for a break," Padres
right fielder Brian Giles said.
Milwaukee's Jeff Cirillo made his first career start at
shortstop in place of Bill Hall. ... Brewers pitcher Rick Helling
struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings in an extended spring training
start in Arizona. Helling will return to Milwaukee to be evaluated,
then make at least two rehab starts. ... Padres ace Jake Peavy will
start on Tuesday. Peavy skipped his scheduled start Saturday in
Pittsburgh because of right shoulder tendinitis. ... Padres 1B
Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 13 games.