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Duda supplies power, 'happy to contribute'

7/27/2014

MILWAUKEE -- Lucas Duda provided the winning hits in the New York Mets' two victories in the four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Both were two-run homers that Duda crushed over the right-field fence at Miller Park. Friday night, the big blow came in the top of the ninth when the Mets rallied for three runs and beat the Brewers 3-2.

Sunday, his career-high 18th home run, another two-run shot, produced a 2-0 lead that starter Jacob deGrom and relievers Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia made stand up for a victory that sent the Mets home with a .500 (5-5) road trip record.

Duda’s offensive punch definitely put a charge, actually the only electricity, in an anemic offense against Milwaukee. The Mets scored just eight runs, were 3-for-27 with runners in scoring position and stranded 24 batters over the four-game stretch.

“You can’t say enough about the way he’s hit the ball,” manager Terry Collins said. “Let’s just hope he remains hot because he’s going to put up some big numbers in the next couple of months.”

Asked if he expected this type of effort from himself, the introspective slugging first baseman said, “Yeah, I'm just happy to contribute.”

Duda hit three home runs in the series with Milwaukee and four in his last six games. He hit a solo shot in Thursday’s 9-1 loss.

“Any time you can contribute, it feels good,” he said. “I wouldn’t read too much into it. I’m just happy to contribute.”