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Overbay delivers big blow for Brewers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lyle Overbay is locked in at the plate, plain
and simple.

The Milwaukee first baseman had three hits, including a home run
for the second game in a row, and drove in four runs Saturday in a
6-4 victory over the New York Mets, who managed just two hits
against four Brewers pitchers.

Overbay extended his hitting streak to 10 games and is batting
.500 (19-for-38) with 17 RBI over that stretch.

"He's red hot, really swinging well," manager Ned Yost said.

"It's a great feeling," Overbay said. "It makes it a lot
easier when you're in that kind of groove. Everything slows down.
You see the ball so good, whether they're throwing 85 or 95 miles
per hour. It looks the same."

Overbay had one hit more than the Mets, who made the most they
could from two hits and nine walks. "Two hits," manager Art Howe
said. "You don't win too many games with two hits."

Until the fifth inning, the Mets had no hits against Milwaukee's
Adrian Hernandez, making his first start in almost two years. But
Hernandez walked seven batters before he was lifted from the game
with one out in the fifth.

"There was nothing I could do," the right-hander said. "I
knew I was tired. I was not surprised I came out."

The no-hitter was the last thing on Yost's mind when he came to
get Hernandez with the bases loaded on walks, two outs short of
qualifying for his first major league win.

"Even if he cruises through the fifth, we were probably saying,
`That's it," Yost said. "He was at 80 pitches. That was his
pitch count. He knew he was done. He did a great job. He got us
outs."

Matt Kinney (1-2) relieved Hernandez and allowed New York's
first hit, an RBI single by Karim Garcia. Luis Vizcaino pitched the
eighth and gave up New York's only other hit, a double by Eric
Valent. Dan Kolb worked the ninth for his sixth save in as many
opportunities.

"It didn't feel like a two-hitter," Yost said. "It was an
ugly win."

It was the third time this season Overbay had four RBI in a
game. He leads all major league first basemen with 31 RBI and
leads the National League with 21 extra-base hits.

Milwaukee nicked Tyler Yates (1-4) for a run in the second, but
could've had more.

Geoff Jenkins hit a leadoff double into the right-field corner.
After Overbay walked, Wes Helms singled, loading the bases with no
outs. Jenkins scored on an RBI single by Ben Grieve, but Yates
escaped further damage by striking out Gary Bennett and Hernandez,
and getting Scott Podsednik to ground out.

The Brewers made it 2-0 in the third when Keith Ginter singled,
moved up on an infield out and scored on Overbay's single.

The Mets scored in the fourth without benefit of a hit.

Mike Piazza opened with a walk and was forced by Garcia. After
Valent flied out, Mike Cameron walked. Then, Ty Wigginton hit a
ball off third baseman Helms' glove for an error, scoring Garcia.
With runners at second and third, Vance Wilson struck out, ending
the inning.

Yates gave that back -- and more -- in the fifth. Craig Counsell
opened with a walk. One out later, Jenkins singled and then Overbay
followed with a three-run homer, his second homer in as many games
in New York.

In the fifth, the Mets loaded the bases on three more walks to
finish Hernandez. Kinney surrendered an RBI single to Garcia, the
first Mets hit, and then forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk
to Valent. But he left the bases loaded by striking out Cameron and
Wigginton to end the inning.

The Brewers added a run in the eighth when pinch-hitter Brady
Clark singled, stole second and scored on Podsednik's two-out
single.

Valent doubled in the eighth for the Mets' second hit, and
scored on Wigginton's sacrifice fly.

Game notes
Cameron returned to the lineup after missing two games with
a jammed right pinkie. ... Mets OF Shane Spencer remained sidelined
by back spasms, missing his second straight game. ... Plate umpire
Kerwin Danley called out Kaz Matsui for running out of the baseline
in the first inning on his tapper in front of the plate. ...
Jenkins went to the left-field wall to take extra-base hits away
from Wigginton in the second, Yates in the third, Wilson in the
sixth and Cameron in the eighth. ... Podsednik stole his 18th
consecutive base dating to last season, including 17 straight this
season, breaking Hall of Famer Robin Yount's club record.