New York-The New York Mets have been losing games throughout the season because of their inability to tack on runs. The Mets had lost a game in which they had the lead 21 times heading into their contest with the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night, and a lot of those contests could have been won if the Mets simply tacked on runs. The Mets finally did tonight, and the guy providing the extra offense was extremely surprising. Taylor Teagarden's first hit as a Met was a grand slam in the sixth inning to provide the winning margin in a 6-2 victory over the Brewers (38-27).
The Mets (29-35) grabbed the early lead in the third inning when Daniel Murphy hit a two run homer against Brewers' starter Marco Estrada. Murphy's fifth home run of the season gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Brewers answered right back in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a hit batsmen. Lyle Overbay doubled home Khris Davis to trim the Mets' lead to 2-1. The margin would remain the same until the sixth inning.
After Murphy flew out to start the frame, Estrada got himself into trouble by walking David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Estrada (L, 5-3) got Chris Young to strike out, but then walked Lucas Duda to load the bases with two outs for Teagarden. Teagarden, who was getting his first start as a Met, delivered a clutch grand slam that just cleared the fence in right field to push the Mets' lead out to 6-1.
The Brewers tried to make things interesting in the eighth inning, when they got two on with one out against Jeurys Familia. Former Met Carlos Gomez burned his old team by driving in a run with a double to make it 6-2. Familia was able to get out of the jam by striking out the next two batters to keep the margin at four. Jenrry Mejia would then throw a clean ninth inning to preseve the victory for the Mets.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game award goes to Mets' starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka (W, 3-0) shut down a potent Milwaukee offense for six innings, allowing only one run on three hits. Matsuzaka walked three while striking out five.
Post Game Notes:
- The Mets won the game despite only getting five hits on the evening.
- Overbay led the way for the Brewers offensively, collecting two of the team's six hits and driving in a run.
- The Mets activated Gonzalez Germen from the disabled list after the game. Germen will rejoin the team tomorrow.
- The Mets demoted lefty Scott Rice to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Germen on the roster. Rice has compiled a 5.93 ERA in 32 appearances this season.
The Mets and Brewers will continue their three game series tomorrow night at 7:10 pm. Jacob deGrom (0-2, 3.19 ERA) and Wily Peralta (5-5, 3.05 ERA) will be the starting pitchers.
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