Brewers 8, Mets 2


NEW YORK (AP) – Tomo Ohka shut down New York’s offense and slapped a go-ahead double, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-2 victory Saturday that stopped the Mets’ winning streak at seven.

Pitching against a team that began the day with an NL-high .310 batting average, Ohka (1-1) allowed two runs – one earned – and five hits in seven innings. He had been 0-5 in seven appearances at Shea Stadium coming in.

New York was trying for the first 9-1 start in franchise history and for its first eight-game winning streak since taking nine in a row from April 16-25, 2000. But Steve Trachsel (1-1) struggled with his command, allowing four runs and nine hits in five innings, and all three Mets outfielders had trouble picking up balls that dropped for hits.

Carlos Lee and Geoff Jenkins homered for Milwaukee, which began the day tied with Kansas City with a major league-low 37 runs. The Brewers had not scored five or more runs since April 8.

Matt Wise finished the six-hitter.

Before the game, the teams honored Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. His widow, Rachel Robinson, walked to the mound for a tribute. In addition, Robinson’s retired No. “42” was outlined in the infield dirt behind second base, and large painted “Jackie Robinson Day” logos were behind first and third base.

Chad Moeller’s two-out RBI single put Milwaukee ahead in the second, but Ramon Castro hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half following throwing errors by second baseman Rickie Weeks and Ohka.

With two on and one out in the fourth, Ohka faked a bunt and then lofted a fly ball to right. Xavier Nady, who was playing shallow, backtracked slowly and the ball fell behind him for an RBI single.

Brady Clark hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning, and Prince Fielder boosted the lead to 4-1 in the fifth with an RBI single, his third hit of the game. Fielder’s hit was a pop to center that appeared to be catchable, but center fielder Carlos Beltran didn’t seem to pick it up quickly and failed to charge it.

David Wright’s sacrifice fly cut the gap in the sixth, but Lee homered on Darren Oliver’s first pitch of the seventh, a drive into the left-field seats.

After Jorge Julio allowed his first batter to reach in the eighth and went to a 3-1 count on his second, some fans began chanting “Bring Back Benson!” – a reference to the offseason trade that brought him to New York for Kris Benson. Boos followed when J.J. Hardy hit a run-scoring single that dropped in front of Cliff Floyd in left.

Jenkins followed with a two-run homer that clanked off the linescore on the scoreboard in right-center, and Lee hit a drive that Beltran caught against the center-field fence.

Notes: Milwaukee planned to activate RHP Ben Sheets to start Sunday in his season debut. The Brewers will have to make a corresponding roster move. … Weeks has four errors this season. … The sellout crowd of 55,831 was a Mets’ record for a Saturday home game.

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