New York Mets
WHAT IT MEANS: Jose Reyes is the Mets’ MVP. His seventh-inning triple against reliever Marco Estrada scored two runs and lifted the Mets to a 2-1 win against the sizzling Brewers.
Reyes produced his MLB-high 11th triple -- five more than runner-ups Colby Rasmus of the Cardinals and Peter Bourjos of the Angels -- and his first triple away from Citi Field. Earlier in the game, Reyes had extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Reyes is the third player in the last 80 seasons to have 11 triples within his team’s first 60 games, joining Rod Carew (11, 1977 Twins) and Curtis Granderson (12, 2007 Tigers).
Milwaukee dropped to 21-8 at Miller Park.
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Ex-Met Carlos Gomez, who originally was traded to Minnesota in the Johan Santana deal, had a pair of highlight-reel catches for the Brewers in center field. Gomez reached over the wall to take away a two-run homer from Carlos Beltran in the seventh, after Reyes had given the Mets a one-run lead.
Two innings earlier, Gomez also ran down Chris Capuano’s shot in left-center, then crashed into the wall.
New York Mets
CAPPER: Capuano got pushed out of Milwaukee by the rotation additions of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, but the southpaw showed his former employer he still can pitch, despite having endured two Tommy John surgeries. On a balmy evening in which the temperature at the first pitch registered 94 degrees, Capuano matched zeroes with Marcum into the sixth. That ended when ex-teammate Prince Fielder homered on the first pitch of the bottom half of the inning to dead-center to break the scoreless tie.
Marcum departed after six scoreless innings with his pitch count at 108, having limited the Mets to two hits -- a second-inning double by Ruben Tejada and fifth-inning single by Reyes -- as well as four walks.
Capuano was pulled for pinch-hitter Jason Pridie in the two-run seventh. The ex-Brewer ended up improving to 4-6 with his first win since May 15 at Houston.
FEELING ALL RIGHT: Beltran, forced to leave Sunday’s game in the second inning after fouling a ball off the inside of his right shin, played a full game Tuesday after a team off-day. He went 0-for-4, including getting robbed by Gomez of a two-run homer.
New York Mets
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay, who was held out of the lineup Sunday because of profound struggles, returned to left field and batted sixth Tuesday, but the lack of production continued. Bay went 0-for-3 with a walk and is hitless in his last 20 at-bats.
K-ROD TRACKER: After Pedro Beato and Jason Isringhausen tossed perfect innings, Francisco Rodriguez entered for the ninth inning and notched his 17th save and 24th game finished. K-Rod is on track for 65 games finished, 10 over the threshold for his $17.5 million option to vest for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.56 ERA) opposes left-hander Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.69) in Game 2 of the series on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. ET.