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Saturday, August 20, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Brewers 6, Mets 1

By Adam Rubin

WHAT IT MEANS: After a two-hour, 46-minute delay, the Mets dropped to 25-33 at Citi Field this season with a 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

With Washington’s six-run rally in the ninth to beat Philadelphia, the Mets (60-64) relinquished third place in the National League East for the first time since July 18. The Brewers opened a 7-game lead on second-place St. Louis in the Central.

Mike Pelfrey was charged with four runs (three earned) in five innings, while D.J. Carrasco allowed a pair of runs in the sixth inning. David Wright’s two-out error prolonged the first inning. The miscue led to an unearned run scoring once Prince Fielder followed with the first of two RBI singles against Pelfrey. Fielder, who homered three times in a two-day span against the Mets in June at Miller Park, also was intentionally walked twice. He later instigated a bench-clearing incident.

The Mets finally got on the scoreboard against Shaun Marcum in the seventh on Josh Thole’s RBI single.

BENCH-CLEARING BRAWL: Fielder confronted Tim Byrdak in foul territory on the first-base side after grounding out to end the top of the eighth. Fielder appeared to object to an inside pitch from Byrdak earlier in the at-bat. The benches and bullpens spilled onto the field, but the hostility did not escalate beyond that as calm prevailed.

Mike Baxter was plunked in the posterior in the ninth inning by Frankie De La Cruz.

LOW BLOW: Ryan Braun was ejected by plate umpire Angel Campos for arguing balls and strikes in the third inning. Braun protested what appeared to be a low pitch that was called a third strike by Campos. Mark Kotsay replaced Braun in left field.

K-ROD TRACKER: Ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez warmed in the bullpen but did not appear in the game.

WHAT’S NEXT: Ex-Brewer Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.58 ERA) opposes southpaw Randy Wolf (10-8, 3.30) Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Capuano turned 33 on Friday.