(Sports Network) – Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf looks to keep his unbeaten streak alive when he toes the rubber today in the second portion of a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Wolf is 4-0 with a 1.86 earned run average in his last four starts and threw eight shutout innings in Monday’s 3-0 win over Los Angeles. Wolf scattered six hits, struck out five and walked five batters, improving to 10-8 in 25 starts to go along with a 3.30 ERA.
The southpaw, who is just 4-6 in 13 road assignments, will make his 34th career start against the Mets. Wolf is 12-5 with a 3.21 ERA over the first 33 outings in this series and recorded a no-decision against New York in a 7-6 win on June 8, when he pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
Former Brewer Chris Capuano gets the nod for the Mets tonight and is 9-11 with a 4.58 ERA in 25 games, 23 of which were starts, this season. Capuano, who spent five seasons in Milwaukee, is only 1-4 with a 5.44 ERA in his last seven starts and has thrown six innings of four-run ball in back-to-backs outings. He was last in action during Sunday’s 5-3 loss at Arizona and struck out six.
Capuano, a lefty, has also allowed nine hits in each of his last two appearances and beat Milwaukee in a 2-1 decision at Miller Park on June 7. He held his former teammates to one run and six hits in six frames.
The National League Central-leading Brewers pushed their division cushion to 7 1/2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals with Friday’s 6-1 win over the Mets and stayed fresh after a nearly three-hour rain delay. St. Louis lost to the Chicago Cubs earlier in the day.
Brewers starter Shaun Marcum improved to 11-3 on the season by holding New York to a run and six hits in seven innings of work. Kameron Loe and Frankie De La Cruz each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
“I thought he threw really well,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Marcum. “At the beginning I didn’t see the velocity in his fastball. His changeup was great, his breaking ball was really good and then his velocity picked up. I thought he looked really good the last five, six innings.”
Casey McGehee went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Prince Fielder had two hits, scored two runs and knocked in a pair for the victors. Fielder and Mets reliever Tim Byrdak sparked a benches-clearing incident after Fielder grounded out to end the eighth inning, but both players said it was nothing and no punches were thrown. Byrdak heard Fielder say something he thought was directed at him, and the players jawed at one another.
“It was blown out of proportion,” Byrdak said later.
Fielder agreed, saying: “I don’t have any problem with him. I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page.”
Milwaukee has won 20 of its last 23 games and will also visit Pittsburgh for four games on this seven-game road trip. It is 11-7 on the road since the All- Star break.
New York has dropped seven of nine and failed to give Mike Pelfrey any run support. Pelfrey took the loss after yielding four runs — three earned — on eight hits and four walks in a five-inning start.
“It’s frustrating and I’m frustrated,” Pelfrey said.
Angel Pagan posted three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Josh Thole knocked in the lone run for the Mets. Mets injured shortstop Jose Reyes is continuing his rehab from a hamstring injury and is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday.
“I need to run the bases first before I decide about when I can play,” Reyes said. “I’ve been running the past couple of days, so I’m feeling good. I’m not 100 percent, but it’s getting there.”
Justin Turner and Jason Bay both had the day off Friday for the Mets and should be back in the lineup this afternoon.
The Mets took two of three in Milwaukee in the first meeting between the clubs this year after the Brewers won five of seven in 2010. Former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez returned to Flushing, NY for the first time since being traded to Milwaukee in July and did not see action.