Behind an eight-inning, two-hit performance from Wily Peralta, who was making just his third Major League start, the Milwaukee Brewers shutout the New York Mets, 3-0, at Miller Park. Peralta (2-0) gave up just two hits and struck out five batters to help the Brewers (74-72) earn the series victory over the Mets (66-80), who took the series' opener. Milwaukee still sits 2 1/2 games behind in the NL Wild Card standings.
Milwaukee's offense all came from solo home runs, as Ryan Braun and Armais Ramirez smashed back-to-back blasts in the bottom of the fourth inning and Bruan hit another in the sixth. For Braun the home runs were his 39th and 40th of the season.
Losing pitcher Chris Young (4-8) lasted 6 2/3 innings allowing three runs on eight hits. The outing was Young's longest since Aug. 21 vs. the Colorado Rockies.
After taking the first game of the series, New York fell victim to subpar pitching on Saturday, as the Brewers knocked around starter Jenrry Mejia and the Mets bullpen en route to a 9-6 victory.
The Mets will send veteran right-hander Chris Young (4-7, 4:39 ERA) to the mound Sunday while the Brewers will counter with hard-throwing Wily Peralta. Young allowed just two runs and struck out seven over six innings in his last start, but got a no-decision against the Braves thanks to a hapless Mets offense. Peralta's two starts, both solid six-inning efforts, have come in the middle of the Brewers' recent hot streak.
The New York Mets failed to string a couple of wins together Saturday night, losing to the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-6, thanks to ineffective pitching from both Jenrry Mejia, who made his first start for the Mets in two years after sitting out all of 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery, and the relievers that followed.
Both teams got off to a fast start, with Ryan Braun answering Lucas Duda's RBI-single in the top of the first inning by doubling home Rickie Weeks in the bottom-half of the frame.
The Mets pulled ahead in the fourth with a three-run inning, buoyed by two-out RBIs from Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy. But the Brewers came right back in the bottom of the inning with a five-run frame. The barrage began with a triple from Logan Schafer, scoring Nyjer Morgan and Jean Segura. After Mejia walked Norichika Aoki without recording an out in the inning, Mets manager Terry Collins pulled his starter in favor of Jeremy Hefner, who promptly threw a wild pitch, allowing Schafer to score, and gave up a two-run homer to Weeks on a 1-2 count before recording three straight outs to stop the bleeding.
But the Brew Crew weren't done. In the bottom of the fifth, Travis Ishikawa tripled home Morgan and scored on an Aoki single to make it 8-4. Weeks added another RBI with a double in the bottom in the seventh. The Mets almost made things interesting in the ninth inning when, following a David Wright walk, Ike Davis hit a one-out, two-run homer, but Duda and Jordany Valdespin struck out to end the rally three runs short.
The Mets will try and take the series Sunday night in Milwaukee when they send veteran Chris Young to the mound to face Brewers starter Wily Peralta.
The New York Mets will try to start a winning streak as they seek their second consecutive victory against the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Mets scored seven runs for the first time since mid-August to take the opener on Friday night while the Brewers desperately need a victory to keep from falling out of contention in the wild-card race.
Jenrry Mejia makes his first start for the Mets in exactly two years after sitting out the entire 2011 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Mejia allowed one run in two innings on September 7, his only Major League outing of the season, and is winless in 34 career apearances. Milwaukee counters with veteran Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.71), who has struggled with a 6.75 ERA over his last three starts and has yet to face the Mets this season.
The Mets got out to a big lead early off Brewers starter Mike Fiers with two runs in each of the first two innings. A pair of doubles by David Wright andDuda plated two runs in the first, and the big start was capped off by Murphy's two-run big fly into the second deck at Miller Park.
The Brewers came back with two in the bottom of the second frame, and the Mets were fortunate that it wasn't more. With runners on first and second, Milwaukee first baseman Travis Ishikawa hit a drive to deep left, but the ball bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double, allowing only one run to score. That runner was subsequently thrown out at the plate on a grounder to the pitcher. Fiers then helped himself with an RBI single, but the rally was stymied with another play at the plate that went New York's way. That was all the Brewers would score off Niese, who scattered six hits and five strikeouts in his six innings of work.
The Mets would finish off the scoring in the sixth off Manny Parra as Duda led off the inning with a homer. Andres Torres reached first on a throwing error, and he scored on a double by Josh Thule. After Niese singled, Ruben Tejada hit into an apparent double play, but Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks threw the ball away, allowing Thule to score from third, pushing the lead to 7-2.
Milwaukee would try to make things interesting in the ninth, with outfielder Jean Segura working a one-out walk off Ramon Ramirez, followed by a Nyjer Morgan triple, but Ramirez rebounded to strike out Norichika Aoki and got Rickie Weeks to pop out to the catcher to finish off the victory.
The teams go at it again tomorrow night in Milwaukee, with Jenrry Mejia making his first start of the year for New York countered by veteran Shaun Marcum for the Brewers.