Mets 4, Brewers 1: Niese Stellar As Mets Take Series From Brewers

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Mets 4, Brewers 1: Niese Stellar As Mets Take Series From Brewers

Jose Reyes didn't get on base a single time in his five at bats tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. Typically, this is not a precursor for good things to come, but in this game the New York Mets had other contributors -- namely Jon Niese with a stellar start -- and the Mets bounced back nicely from their late-inning nightmare from yesterday, winning 4-1.

Niese baffled the Brewers' hitters all night long, going 7 2/3 innings, giving up only three hits, four walks and one earned run, while fanning eight. He threw 99 pitches and saw his ERA continue to drop to 3.51 on the season, the lowest ERA of any New York starter. Even though he gave up six runs against the Cubs on May 24, Niese only allowed two earned runs. Over his past five starts, he has allowed five earned runs, total. The left-hander has been on a roll and he used his plus 12-6 curveball effectively tonight.

Even better about tonight: the bullpen preserved the victory. Francisco Rodriguez came in for an 1 1/3 innings of relief and allowed only a hit and struckout two.

The Mets got on the board first in the second inning, on a Ruben Tejada single to center. The young middle infielder went 2-for-4 on the night and is now hitting an impressive .328 in 67 at bats this season. Jason Pridie, playing for Jason Bay, went 1-for-4, but drove in the RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Prince Fielder sliced the lead in half in the fourth inning with an RBI double, but consecutive RBI singles from Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan gave Niese enough breathing room. The Mets had ten hits and scored all four of their runs against Milwaukee's ace, Yovani Gallardo

Even more indicative of how this team is playing, doing all it can to scratch across runs and be aggressive: three steals, none from Reyes.

The Mets will hope to use the momentum from this series when when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates, beginning tomorrow, in a four-game set.

Final - 6.9.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 11 0
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3
WP: Jon Niese (5 - 5)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (18)
LP: Yovani Gallardo (8 - 3)

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Brewers 7, Mets 6: Bullpen Coughs Up Lead, Gives Up Five Earned Runs In Two Innings

For one half inning, the New York Mets showed just how tenacious they could be this year. It looked as if the New York Mets were about to go home with an extremely gratifying come-from-behind with against a very good Milwaukee Brewers club at home. Down 2-1 in the eighth inning, the Mets put a five-spot on the board to go ahead 6-2, and New York would need just six outs to clinch their fourth consecutive win.

After the next half inning, however, the Mets went into the ninth inning looking to put the decisive run on the board, as Milwaukee scored four times in the eighth. New York went quiet down quietly in the ninth and the pathetic relief efforts continued, with Nyjer Morgan capping the win for the Brewers, with a game-winning RBI single, to win 7-6.

Jose Reyes began the eighth-inning rally with an infield single, then stole second. Carlos Beltran doubled him home, Angel Pagan singled home a run, and Ronny Paulino put an exclamation point on the inning with a three-run homerun. The Mets had what seemed like a commanding 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.

Even after a clean seventh inning of relief from Bobby Parnell, the Mets' relief struggled reared its ugly head in the eighth. Pedro Beato was hit around, his fastball straight, giving up three earned runs. Ryan Bruan doubled home two runners, and Jason Isringhausen was called on to clean up the Mets but promptly gave up a mammoth home run to Prince Fielder (his second of the game), which tied the game at 6.

Terry Collins elected to go with Dale Thayer in the ninth inning, and he paid for it. He got the first out, then allowed a single. Rickie Weeks struck out, but on the strikeout, Craig Counsell stole second without a throw. Morgan singled him home in the next at bat to give the Brewers the victory.

The Mets' problems now are obvious -- even on a night in which Mike Pelfrey gives up two earned runs in six innings, the bullpen continues to cost Mets victories. Collins better figure out who he can trust very soon, or the Mets' playoff chances will be gone very soon.

Final - 6.8.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 6 9 0
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 1 7 10 0
WP: John Axford (2 - 1)
LP: Dale Thayer (0 - 1)

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