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Mets’ Chris Capuano Gets ‘Classy’ Reception, Puts On A Show In Milwaukee Return

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New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Capuano throws against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 7, 2011, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — It took a familiar face to finally cool off the Brewers.

Former Brewers pitcher Chris Capuano gave up only a solo home run to Prince Fielder as the Mets beat Milwaukee 2-1 on Tuesday.

Brewers outfielder Corey Hart said Capuano’s former teammates want to see him succeed.

Just not against them.

“Anytime you face a guy you played with and you’re friends with, it’s always kind of uncomfortable,” Hart said. “But he pitched well. He’s obviously had his ups and downs with them this year but it was nice for him to throw a good game. I wish it wasn’t against us but we’re happy for him.”

Fielder’s 15th homer of the season gave the Brewers the lead in the sixth. It was the only big mistake of the night for Capuano (4-6).

Capuano downplayed his return to Milwaukee going into the game, but acknowledged afterward that it was “a little strange” to be on the visiting side at Miller Park.

Brewers fans welcomed Capuano back warmly, even when he went to out to dinner Monday night.

“We saw a couple people, they were very gracious, saying good luck,” Capuano said. “Same thing today, a lot of the fans were saying good luck. Just really classy and gracious people.”

Capuano was with the Brewers organization from 2004 to 2010 and made the All-Star team in 2006 before his career got off track because of injuries.

He received warm applause from the crowd when he took the mound at the beginning of Tuesday’s game, as well as in his first plate appearance.

“You don’t expect that,” Capuano said. “I’m a New York Met, and that’s where my loyalties are, so you don’t expect that. But it’s nice that the fans recognize it.”

And he nearly homered in the fifth, sending a deep fly ball to center that was caught at the wall by Carlos Gomez.

“I thought it might have had enough,” Capuano said. “But Carlos is just tremendous out there, the kind of ground he can cover.”

Tuesday’s game came as a heat wave — to hit New York on Wednesday — enveloped Milwaukee, with 94-degree temperatures at first pitch.

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