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Brewers win 21st straight over Pirates at home; Capuano starts pitching again

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Jeff Suppan won his first game since June 12, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Pittsburgh 4-1 at Miller Park Sunday.

Suppan gave up a run on eight hits in six innings, on a day that his bobble-head was given away to fans.

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He also drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the fifth when the Brewers broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run rally. Casey McGehee went 2-3 with a solo homer, and he scored twice.

Shortstop Craig Counsell helped the Brewers turn a season-high four double plays, as they beat Pirates for the 21st straight time at home.

That's the longest such string in the Majors since the Indians whipped Baltimore 27 straight times in Cleveland from 1952-54. Suppan is now 6-8 on the year, after going 0-4 in his last nine starts and missing a month with a strained oblique muscle.

Ross Ohlendorf took the loss to go 11-9.

He struck out six in six innings, but gave up four runs on five hits as he winning his three previous decisions.

Garrett Jones went 2-2 with a solo homer for the Pirates, who've won just two games in their last seven.

Milwaukee remains in sole possession of third in the National League Central, 12 games behind front-running St. Louis.

The Brewers are off today, and will play the Cardinals in Busch Stadium Tuesday.

Left-hander Chris Capuano will start pitching for the Brewers' rookie league team in Helena, Mont., this week.

The 2006 All-Star missed all of last year and most of this season after having his second Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery.

Capuano had been throwing for the Brewers' team in the Arizona Rookie League, where he went a total of three innings and gave up two earned runs. Capuano is 42-48 in five Major League seasons, with a 4.39 ERA. He spent his rookie year with Arizona, and then spent four seasons pitching with the Brewers.

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