The New York Mets (29-37) dropped their series finale to the Milwaukee Brewers (40-27) late Thursday night at Citi Field by a score of 5-1. The loss was the eighth out of the Mets last ten games as they continue to freefall, just ten days removed from an impressive series win in Philadelphia that pulled the club within one game of .500.
- Milwaukee struck first with a solo homer by Aramis Ramirez in the second inning, his seventh of the season, to put the Brewers up 1-0
- That would be the only run Mets starter Jonathon Niese would allow in 7 2/3 innings of work, finishing with a line of one run allowed on six hits and one walk. He also struck out eight on his way to his fourth consecutive no-decision.
- His opponent, Kyle Lohse, was even more dominant, allowing just one Met run on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly off the bat of Bobby Abreu that scored Daniel Murphy. The Mets finally caught a break as Murphy advanced to third thanks to a two-base error by former Met Carlos Gomez. Lohse allowed just four hits and walked none on the evening, while striking out four.
- The Mets had their chance to win the game in the eleventh, loading the bases with one out, but Wilmer Flores grounded into a fielder's choice and Anthony Recker struck out to end the threat.
- The game would remain scoreless until the top of the 13th inning when the Brewers finally broke out for four runs on five hits with the big swing coming off the bat of Jonathan Lucroy, who belted a two-run homer off Carlos Torres (L, 2-4). From there, the Brewers would load the bases and get another run on a RBI single from Mark Reynolds. Dana Eveland was called upon to put out the fire but after recording the first out, hit Rickie Weeks with a pitch, driving home the fourth run of the inning to make it 5-1.
- Zach Duke (W, 4-0) picked up the win, pitching a 1-2-3 twelfth and former Met Francisco Rodriguez tossed a perfect thirteenth to secure the win.
What's on Deck
- The Mets will welcome the San Diego Padres (28-38) to Citi Field to open up a three-game weekend series Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.