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Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2005 7:42 PM EDT



  R H E  
Brewers 8 11 2 WP: Capuano (10-6)
LP: Colon (1-5)  
Braves 4 10 3
Costly error helps Brewers snap series streak by Braves

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Braves ' youth movement felt some growing pains in the form of a fifth-inning fielding error by rookie third baseman Andy Marte .

Marte's miscue set up a pivotal three-run fifth inning for the Milwaukee Brewers , who dealt the Braves their first series loss in nearly a month with an 8-4 victory.

Starting four rookies, including pitcher Roman Colon (1-5), Atlanta was holding a 4-2 lead in the fifth when Milwaukee's Brady Clark singled and rookie Rickie Weeks hit a ground ball through the legs of the 21-year-old Marte.

"It's my fault," Marte said. "I told Colon it was my fault and to keep it up and see what was going to happen."

"I used to boot the same ball," said Braves manager Bobby Cox , who made his major league debut at third base with the New York Yankees in 1968. "He did make the error and it cost us three runs."

Lyle Overbay ripped an RBI double, Carlos Lee tied it with a sacrifice fly and Geoff Jenkins singled home the go-ahead run.

"We're getting hits," Clark said. "We're playing some good ball the last two days. It's a good way to finish the half."

Jenkins homered and drove in three runs and Lee added a pair of RBI as the Brewers captured the rubber game of a three-game set.

"This was a good way to finish this road trip," said Milwaukee manager Ned Yost , who saw his team take a series in Atlanta for the first time since May of 2001. "Winning two out of three from Atlanta is huge. They were hot."

With consecutive losses to end the first half of the season, the Braves had a string of seven straight series without a loss snapped, falling for the first time since June 13-15 at Texas.

Lee, who added to the lead with a run-scoring single in the sixth, established a franchise record for RBI before the All-Star break with 76. He surpassed Greg Vaughn , who had 75 in 1996.

"I got three shots with runners in scoring position," Lee said. "They've been doing that (for me) all year. Nobody can do it by themselves. It's teamwork."

Jenkins, who had a run-scoring single in the first, hit his ninth homer in the seventh to make it 7-4.

Chris Capuano (10-6) won his fourth straight start, allowing four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts in five innings. He became the first Brewers lefthander since Teddy Higuera in 1986 to win at least 10 games before the All-Star break.

"I was really laboring in the fourth," Capuano said. "I have to thank (Yost) for giving me a chance to go out there and get a win."

Atlanta's Rafael Furcal went 5-for-5 with a home run and double, his first career five-hit game. Braves rookie Jeff Francoeur , who hit a three-run homer in his major league debut Thursday, belted a two-run shot in the second, tying the score at 2-2.

The loss may end up costly for Atlanta.

Closer Chris Reitsma had to leave the game in the ninth after he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Brewers' rookie J.J. Hardy.

X-rays were negative, but the 27-year-old righthander will be re-evaluated in a few days.

"I thought I heard a pop, I thought I heard a break," Reitsma said. "It's not fun to get hit with a ball in the ribs."

With his single in the ninth, Atlanta's Julio Franco passed Mickey Vernon into 80th place on the all-time hit list with 2,496.

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