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Brewers look to salvage finale

Capuano tries to stop Brewers' slide

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The Milwaukee Brewers will try to salvage at least one win in their series finale on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis before heading back to Miller Park this weekend.

Milwaukee has dropped five straight games against the St. Louis Cardinals, who earned a 6-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon for their sixth straight win and 11th in 12 games. Left-hander Chris Capuano (0-2, 5.32 ERA) will try to stop the Brewers' skid, opposite St. Louis right-hander Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.77 ERA).

The Brewers will probably be happy to leave St. Louis. Milwaukee lost, 5-3, on Tuesday after giving up two runs in the first inning and surrendering eight hits, allowing eight walks and hitting two batters on the night. On Wednesday, the Brewers allowed three first-inning runs and struck out 16 times in the game, including five of the last six batters.

Milwaukee could get a boost on Thursday with the return of first baseman Lyle Overbay, who suffered a laceration on his jaw while chasing down a foul popup on Monday and needed 17 stitches. If Overbay can go, the Brewers could field a starting lineup similar to the one that found success in San Francisco.

A win on Thursday would help Milwaukee salvage a 3-5 record on its eight-game road trip and head back to Miller Park with some momentum for the three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Pitching matchup
MIL: LHP Chris Capuano
• 0-2, 5.32 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 1.50 in 2004 vs. STL

STL: RHP Jason Marquis
• 3-0, 2.77 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 1.13 in 2005 vs. MIL

Player to watch
Geoff Jenkins went 2-for-4 on Wednesday with a double and a run scored and is now batting .385 (10-for-26) on the current road trip. Jenkins also raised his season average to .269.

Quotable
"Any time you lose, it's frustrating. I'm not gonna say that it's not. [Tuesday] night it was frustrating because we walked a bunch of guys and made a lot of mistakes. [On Wednesday] we had some opportunities. It gets frustrating any time you lose." -- Brewers manager Ned Yost, after Wednesday's loss

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
Gameday
Official game notes

On television
• MIL: No local TV
• STL: Fox Sports Net/Midwest

On radio
• MIL: WTMJ AM 620
• STL: KMOX

Quick hits
Left fielder Carlos Lee went 0-for-4 for the second straight game on Wednesday and is now hitless in 20 at-bats against the Cardinals this season. ... Catcher Chad Moeller snapped an 0-for-13 skid with an RBI single in the fifth inning on Wednesday. ... Wes Helms got his first hit of the season on Wednesday, snapping an 0-for-11 skid, when he got a pinch-hit single in the fifth. ... The Brewers' 16 strikeouts on Wednesday were a season high. They had 12 at Chicago on April 12.

On deck
• Friday: vs. Reds, 7:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: vs. Reds, 1:05 p.m. CT
• Sunday: vs. Reds, 1:05 p.m. CT

Nate Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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