Final Score: New York 7, Milwaukee 3
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Daniel Murphy stroked a two-run homer and
Lucas Duda added a solo shot to lead the New York Mets to a 7-3 win over the
Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a three-game set at Miller Park.
Ike Davis and Josh Thole also drove in a run for the Mets, who had dropped
eight of their last nine entering the game.
"They (the Brewers) play great here," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
"They're still in the (playoff) hunt. If they make a mistake we have to
capitalize, and tonight we did."
Jonathon Niese (11-9) gave up two runs on six hits and struck out five over
six innings to snap a three-start losing streak.
Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-4 and Travis Ishikawa, Nyjer Morgan and Mike Fiers
each knocked in a run for the Brewers, who had a three-game winning streak
Fiers (9-8) was tagged for four runs on six hits and struck out four over five
innings to absorb the loss.
"Larry was tight. I know pitchers want pitches off the plate, but there
weren't many that Larry missed," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of home
plate umpire Larry Vanover." We haven't played this type of game in quite a
while. We're going to have one every once in a while. No one expected us to be
in this thing (the wild card race), but we got back in it. We just didn't play
that well today.
The Mets pushed two across in each of the first two innings.
In the first, Murphy walked then moved to third on David Wright's double to
left field. Davis followed with a ground out to first base, allowing Murphy to
Duda then ripped a ground-rule double to right field to score Wright.
In the second, Niese singled before Murphy smacked a two-run homer over the
The Brewers got two back in the home half to cut it to 4-2. Jonathan Lucroy
singled, moved to second on a Carlos Gomez bloop single, then scored when
Ishikawa hit a ground-rule double to left field.
Two batters later, Fiers helped his own cause with a single to score Ishikawa.
New York added three in the sixth inning to push its lead to 7-2.
Duda opened the inning with his 14th homer of the season. After a Jordany
Valdespin pop out, Andres Torres reached on a throwing error before coming
around on a Thole double. Niese's infield single allowed Thole to move to
third before crossing the plate on Ruben Tejada's ground out.
Milwaukee added a run in the ninth when Morgan roped a triple to right-center
field to score Jean Segura.
Niese walked three batters for the first time in his last 18 starts in which
he went at least six innings ... New York was just 2-for-10 with runners in
scoring position ... Wright, who went 2-for-5, extended his hitting streak to
eight games ... The Brewers fell to 11-17 against the NL East ... Milwaukee
went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.
09/15 00:06:23 ET
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