Series: Game 1 of 3

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 8/22)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 22
Game 2: Wednesday, August 23
Game 3: Thursday, August 24

Rockies 1

(59-66, 27-37 away)

Brewers 4

(60-65, 37-26 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 22, 2006

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: C. Capuano (11-8)

    L: A. Cook (8-12)

    S: F. Cordero (16)

    Capuano, Brewers keep Rockies feeling low

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- For Milwaukee manager Ned Yost, it's more important to play winning baseball than worry about the NL wild card.

    Chris Capuano won for the first time since July 6, and the Brewers beat Colorado 4-1 Tuesday night to send the fading Rockies to their fourth straight loss.

    "We've still got some work ahead of us," Yost said. "We got to get to .500 first before we can focus on the rest of that stuff. We're focused on winning."

    Milwaukee (60-65) trails Cincinnati, the NL wild-card leader, by 5½ games. Colorado (59-66) is 6½ back of the Reds.

    "We've been kind of spinning our wheels a little bit for the last month," Capuano said. "We're just hoping to be the team that really makes that outstanding run, because that's what it's going to take to pull ahead."

    Colorado, which has dropped into last place in the NL West, has lost 11 of 16 and is 5-16 on the road since the All-Star break.

    "Offensively, we were challenged by a lot of people," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've got to find a way to throw a punch back. We have to throw a team punch back tomorrow."

    Laynce Nix, making his second start in center since being recalled Aug. 18 from Triple-A Nashville, had two hits and three RBI for the Brewers.

    Capuano (11-8) gave up three hits in six scoreless innings. He escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the fourth when Yorvit Torrealba popped out, Ryan Spilborghs lined to third baseman David Bell and Luis Gonzalez hit a roller back to mound.

    "He got himself in trouble. He got himself out of trouble," Hurdle said. "We weren't able to capitalize."

    Selected for the NL All-Star team after the New York Mets' Tom Glavine bowed out because of an injury, Capuano had been 0-4 with three no decisions in his previous seven starts.

    "The four or five starts prior to this one, I felt like I had thrown the ball well," Capuano said. "If I'm throwing the ball well and keeping the team in the game, that gives me satisfaction."

    Jose Capellan followed Capuano with two scoreless innings, striking out his last five batters.

    Matt Holliday homered off of Derrick Turnbow in the ninth, prompting boos from the crowd. After Garrett Atkins struck out, Torrealba lined a single up the middle that finished Turnbow's appearance.

    Francisco Cordero got two outs for his 10th save in 10 chances since the Brewers acquired him from Texas on July 28, completing a five-hitter.

    Aaron Cook (8-12) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in six innings. He is 2-5 in his last 10 starts.

    Nix doubled in a run in the first, hit a two-out RBI single in the fifth and added an RBI groundout in the seventh. Milwaukee acquired Nix, Cordero and Kevin Mench from Texas for Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz.

    Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the first when Tony Graffanino tripled, Bill Hall hit an RBI grounder and Nix followed with a run-scoring double.

    "I could have got out of the first inning better, but that's part of baseball," Cook said.

    Game notes

    Graffanino's triple was his first of the season. ... The two-base throwing error on Todd Helton's grounder to third in the fourth inning snapped Hall's 35-game errorless streak. ... Spilborghs made a great diving catch on Kevin Mench's liner to right, ending the seventh. ... The Rockies took two of three from the Brewers when the teams met at Denver from July 31-Aug. 2. The Brewers have won nine of the last 13 meetings at Milwaukee.

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