Carlos Gomez went 4-for-5 with a homer and drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers recorded their third straight 4-2 win over the New York Mets Saturday evening at Citi Field.
Hand worked the eighth and ninth, as Jim Henderson was apparently unavailable to close after throwing 40 pitches the last two days. But the Mets came back to tie the game on Eric Young’s double down the third-base line that scored pinch-runner Matt den Dekker with one out in the ninth.
Instead, it was Hand (1-5) who earned his first win as a big leaguer when the Crew scored twice in the top of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl led off the inning with a walk off Scott Atchison (3-3) and moved up to third on Jonathan Lucroy’s single to center.
Gomez rifled a single to right center to score Gindl and the Brewers led 3-2. After Scooter Gennett sacrificed the runners to second and third, Yuniesky Betancourt drove in his second run of the game with a single to right field to make it 4-2.
Alfredo Figaro worked a perfect bottom of the 10th for his first major-league save and just his second as a professional. His last came in 2006 while pitching for the Detroit Tigers’ rookie-level affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.
Figaro also became the first Brewer pitcher since Carlos Villanueva in 2009 to save a game and start a game in the same season.
The Brewers took the lead in the fourth when Gomez smashed a hanging breaking ball from Mets’ starter Aaron Harang deep to left field for his 24th home run of the season—a career high. Gomez also stole two bases, running his season total to a career-best 39, and is just one swipe shy of becoming the first Brewer to have 20 homers and 40 steals in the same season.
Harang was solid in his final start of the season for the Mets, working six innings and allowing a run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He was 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts for the Mets after notching a 5-11 record with an ERA of 5.76 in 22 starts for the Seattle Mariners.
Rookie Jimmy Nelson had some moments with his control, particularly in the fourth inning, but gave the Crew five solid innings in his first major league start. He allowed just one run on one hit while walking three and fanning four in five innings. He also threw a wild pitch. It was Nelson’s first start since Aug. 31—when he was pitching for Triple-A Nashville—and his first appearance of any sort since tossing two innings of relief against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 18.
New York got its lone run off Nelson without the benefit of a hit in the fourth. Lucas Duda led off with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on David Wright’s groundout. Daniel Murphy’s fly ball to left field scored Duda to tie the game.
The Crew reclaimed the lead in the eighth, but not before Blazek pulled off a miraculous escape in the bottom of the seventh.
Anthony Recker led off with what was ruled a single on a play Betancourt probably should have made at third base. Omar Quintanilla laid down a bunt that Betancourt mishandled—and was charged with an error for—to put runners at first and second and Blazek walked pinch-hitter Josh Satin to load the bases with no one out.
But Young lined to center field and Recker opted to not test the arm of Gomez. Duda popped up to third base and Wright grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
In the eighth, Lucroy worked a one-out walk off reliever Vic Black. Gomez blooped a single to right field and Gennett singled to left to load the bases for Betancourt, who lofted a sacrifice fly to left.
The Brewers clinched a season-series victory over the Mets—they are now 4-2 against New York this season—and improved to 5-1 on their season-ending seven-game road trip.
The teams finish the season on Sunday at Citi Field, with Marco Estrada (7-4) going for the Crew and Jon Niese (8-8) pitching for New York. The start time of the game has been moved to 12:40 p.m. Central Time because of pre-game ceremonies. Mike Piazza is being inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.
The game will be aired on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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