Milwaukee-Things didn't look good for the New York Mets last night in Milwaukee. The Mets found themselves down 2-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers headed into the ninth inning after a strong performance from Yovani Gallardo. To make things worse, former Met Francisco Rodriguez has been nearly lights out closing games for the Brewers this season. The Mets (49-54) didn't care, stunning K-Rod by scoring three times in the top of the ninth to beat the Brewers (58-46) 3-2.
The game started as a pitcher's duel between Gallardo and the Mets' Zack Wheeler, as the two matched each other zero for zero for the first five innings. The Brewers finally scratched out a run against Wheeler in the sixth to grab a 1-0 lead. The lead doubled in the seventh as former Met Carlos Gomez connected for a solo shot off of Wheeler. Gomez's 15th homer of the year gave the Brew Crew a 2-0 lead and put Wheeler in line for a tough loss.
That was thanks to a strong pitching performance from Gallardo, who tossed seven shutout innings against the Mets. Gallardo allowed only four hits and struck out eight before turning the lead over to his bullpen. Lefty Will Smith tossed a scoreless eighth inning to get the lead to Rodriguez for the ninth. Rodriguez (L, 4-4) was greeted rudely by Daniel Murphy, who doubled to lead off the inning. David Wright followed with an RBI single to get the Mets on the board at 2-1. Lucas Duda then followed by cranking a go ahead two run home run to right field. Duda's 17th jack of the year put the Mets up 3-2 and in position for a comeback win.
The Mets handed their lead to Jenrry Mejia in the bottom of the ninth. Mejia walked pinch hitter Jonathon Lucroy to lead off the frame, but he recovered to strike out the side and pick up his 15th save of the year. Mejia was able to preserve the Mets' one run victory, their fourth on this road trip.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' first baseman Lucas Duda. Duda smacked the game winning home run in the top of the ninth inning for his only hit on the night.
Post Game Notes:
- Carlos Torres (W, 5-4) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up a relief win for the Mets.
- Daniel Murphy got three hits on the night while David Wright recorded two. The rest of the team got three hits combined.
- The Mets' pitching staff held Milwaukee to only four hits on the night. Gomez recorded two of the four hits.
The Mets and Brewers continue their series tonight. Jonathon Niese (5-5, 3.13 ERA) and Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58 ERA) will be on the mound. First pitch at Miller Park is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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