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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.