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Brew Crew blow chance to gain ground; Sabathia starts tonight
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The Milwaukee Brewers blew a chance to gain some ground in the pennant race when they lost to Colorado 4-3 Monday night.

The Rockies scored once in four straight innings to take a 4-0 lead in the seventh and a three-run Milwaukee rally in the eighth fell short.

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With the Cubs and St. Louis off, the Brewers fell back to third place in the National League Central, four games behind the Cubs and they're a half-game behind the Cardinals for the National League Wild Card.

Matt Holliday went 2-4 with a solo home run and two RBI's for the Rockies, who've now won six of their last seven.

Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer for the Brewers, who lost for only the second time in their last seven.

Ubaldo Jimenez struck out seven in seven scoreless innings to get the win and improved to 4-8. Brian Fuentes got his 14th save.

Seth McClung gave up two runs in four-and-two-thirds innings to take the loss and fell to 5-4.

The Brewers and Rockies will play again tonight (Tuesday) with left-hander Mark Redman starting for Colorado.

However the big news is C.C. Sabathia's first start for Milwaukee after he was traded from Cleveland Monday.

The Brewers sold 9,000 tickets Monday to try and get a sellout crowd to welcome Sabathia. As of late Monday night, about 3,500 seats remained.

Losing cash

Brewers' owner Mark Attanasio figures he'll lose money this year, after boosting the payroll to get starter C.C. Sabathia.

But he said he wants to give the best possible team to a fan base that could hit three-million at Miller Park. The payroll is now about $90 million after the Brewers agreed to take on a proportionate share of Sabathia's salary. He's making $11 million this year and he turned down a four-year, $72-million dollar offer from Cleveland this spring.

That means the Brewers probably can't afford him when he becomes a free-agent at the end of the season.

However, General Manager Doug Melvin says he wants to win now and by trading four prospects to Cleveland, Melvin said he created one of the league's best one-two pitching punches with the left-hander Sabathia and All-Star right-hander Ben Sheets.

Sabathia says he's more than happy to help the Brewers try to win a World Series, even if he doesn't stay afterward.

Former teammate David Riske says Sabathia gets along with everybody and he'll be great in the locker room.

Sabathia was the American League's Cy Young award winner a year ago. He was the first reigning Cy Young winner to be traded since Roger Clemens was sent from Toronto to the Yankees in 1998.

Suppan goes DL

Brewers' starter Jeff Suppan was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday with an irritated joint in his right elbow.

He hurt the elbow just over a month ago, while batting against the Nationals in Washington. Suppan said it didn't hurt to pitch until Sunday, when he felt pain between innings.

He received an MRI Monday and while there was no structural damage, doctors decided to give Suppan a rest through the All-Star break.

Hart leads

Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart was the leader after the first 24-hours of fan voting for the final spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Vote totals were not announced, but Hart has a narrow lead over David Wright of the Mets. Pat Burrell of the Phillies is third, followed by Aaron Rowand of the Giants and ex-Brewer Carlos Lee of Houston.

Hart is only in his second big league campaign. You can vote as many times as you want at Brewers.com and MLB.com. The voting ends at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

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