Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Brewers 2
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- After Terry Collins received a vote of confidence from Sandy Alderson, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Daniel Murphy and Taylor Teagarden gave their manager the support he really needed.
Matsuzaka limited the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers to one run in six innings and Murphy and Teagarden homered as the Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-2 win Tuesday at Citi Field.
Murphy, fresh off a trip to the White House to discuss parental rights, opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the third inning against right-hander Marco Estrada.
After Estrada issued three sixth-inning walks, Teagarden deposited an opposite-field grand slam over the right-field wall for a 6-1 lead.
Teagarden, who had 20 homers in 467 career major league at-bats with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, was making his Mets debut after swapping spots with demoted Travis d’Arnaud.
Despite the Mets’ .159 average with the bases loaded this season entering the night, the 30-year-old Teagarden became the third Met with a grand slam this season, joining Ike Davis and Wilmer Flores. The only other Met with a slam in his first career game with the ballclub was Collin Cowgill on Opening Day 2013, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The lone run against Matsuzaka came on an RBI double by Lyle Overbay in the fourth past first baseman Lucas Duda.
Matsuzaka was making his second start since Rafael Montero’s demotion opened a rotation slot until Dillon Gee returns from a lat-muscle strain.
In the sixth, Matsuzaka was struck on his right backside by a leadoff line drive from Carlos Gomez. Matsuzaka scrambled to retrieve the baseball and threw to first base for the out against the speedy ex-Met. A visit from assistant trainer Brian Chicklo ensued. After warm-up pitches, Matsuzaka’s outing resumed. He completed the inning and then departed with his pitch count at 100.
What’s next: Jacob deGrom, still searching for his first win, makes his sixth major league start Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. DeGrom (0-2, 3.19 ERA) opposes right-hander Wily Peralta (5-5, 3.03).