Thursday, June 9, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Brewers 1
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: Jon Niese limited the Brewers to one run and three hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Mets became only the second visiting team to win a series at Miller Park this season, joining Cincinnati, which took two of three at Milwaukee April 25-27. The Mets won the rubber game after chasing Yovani Gallardo in a two-run fifth and spanned his six-start winning streak.
Niese departed with two out in the eighth after walking Rickie Weeks and surrendering a single to Corey Hart. Francisco Rodriguez entered and converted his fourth four-out save of the season, although Ryan Braun greeted him with a smash to left field that Jason Pridie retreated to corral.
Niese retired the first 11 batters he faced, until walking Braun with two out in the fourth. Prince Fielder then broke up the early no-hit bid with an RBI double to right-center, but that was the lone run Niese surrendered.
Niese stranded two runners in the seventh by striking out Jonathan Lucroy looking with a big-breaking curveball. The southpaw struck out eight batters, matching his career high. In his past five starts, he is 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA.
JASONS: Pridie, starting over Jason Bay in left field, factored in each of the Mets’ first two runs. He singled in the second inning and scored on Ruben Tejada’s RBI single. Two innings later, after Angel Pagan tripled, Pridie delivered a sacrifice fly that gave the Mets a 2-0 lead.
Consecutive RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and Pagan with none out in the fifth gave the Mets a 4-1 lead and chased Gallardo.
SNAPPED: Jose Reyes went 0-for-5, ending his hitting streak at 12 games. Reyes hit .462 (24-52) during that stretch.
K-ROD TRACKER: K-Rod notched his 18th save and 25th game finished. He is on pace for 65 games finished, 10 more than the threshold for his contract to kick in at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets’ three-city trip shifts to Pittsburgh. Dillon Gee looks to become the first rookie in franchise history to open a season 7-0 when he opposes Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton (6-2, 2.52 ERA). The Mets have won all eight of Gee’s starts in 2011.