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Brew Crew goose eggs Nationals

The Milwaukee Brewers shut out Washington 3-0 Monday night at Miller Park.

Chris Capuano struck out nine in eight innings, while giving up seven hits. He's now 5-0 and the Brewers are 7-0 when he starts.

Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save.

Geoff Jenkins gave the Brewers all they needed with a three-run homer in the second inning. It was his first start of the year against a left-handed pitcher.

Matt Chico is now 2-4 with the loss.

Bill Hall went 3-4 and J.J. Hardy singled to extend his hitting streak to 18 - the 10th-longest in Brewer history.

Austin Kearns went 3-4 for the Nationals, who lost their sixth straight.

Milwaukee has now won four in a row and eight of its last nine and they now lead the National League Central by 5.5 over the Chicago Cubs - their longest division lead since their World Series year of 1982.

They'll play the Nationals again tonight (Tuesday). Right-hander Dave Bush will start against Nats' right-hander Jason Simontacchi.

Capps suspended for beaming

Pittsburgh reliever Matt Capps was suspended for four games yesterday, for hitting Milwaukee's Prince Fielder with a pitch on Saturday night at Miller Park.

Major League vice-president Bob Watson said Capps threw at Fielder on purpose, but Capps disagrees and says he'll appeal.

Fielder got hit in the arm while protecting his head on an 0-1 pitch, right after J.J. Hardy belted a three-run homer that put the Brewers up 6-2 at the time.

Capps said if he was going to hit Fielder, he would have done it on the first pitch. Pirates' manager Jim Tracy said he was only trying to throw up and in. An appeal hearing could take place June 8, that's the next time the Pirates play in New York, where the Major League offices are located.

Fielder got his revenge the day after the incident. He hit two homers and scored the winning run while Capps watched from the mound.

Hart has sore arm

Brewers' right-fielder Corey Hart will not start for at least the next couple games. He's been bothered by a sore right wrist the last two weeks and manager Ned Yost said tendinitis has been found.

He said Hart probably won't start for at least the rest of the Brewers' series with the Washington Nationals Tuesday night and Wednesday, but he may pinch-hit or get late-inning defensive duties.