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Brewers' Ohka does in Mets with solid pitching, timely hitting

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Tomo Ohka came up to the plate with the score tied in the fourth inning and two on, just after Chad Moeller's bloop near the right-field line popped out of Xavier Nady's glove for a single.

Milwaukee's pitcher faked a bunt and pulled his bat back, then slapped the ball to right. It sailed over Nady's head for a run-scoring double, and the Brewers never looked back in an 8-2 victory Saturday that stopped the New York Mets' winning streak at seven.

"I tried to make a line drive to the first-base side. I was a little disappointed it was a fly ball," Ohka said. "I didn't care how far it went. The team needed a runner moved up. If the right fielder catches the fly ball, that doesn't happen. I was fortunate it was far enough he couldn't catch it."

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, which had trailed after the end of only two innings previously this season, 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 hit his fifth homer and Geoff Jenkins his first, and Matt Wise finished the six-hitter for the Brewers, who had not scored five runs in a game since April 8.

"Even though we've been struggling, I think we have a decent lineup," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "I think we will score some runs. Maybe today is a start for us."

Moeller's two-out RBI single put Milwaukee ahead in the second, but throwing errors by second baseman Rickie Weeks and Ohka helped load the bases with one out in the bottom half. Ramon A. Castro followed with a sacrifice fly, and Trachsel grounded out.

"I felt good after that inning because just one run is fine. They could have scored many more," Ohka said.

Prince Fielder, who went 3-for-5, singled with one out to start the go-ahead rally in the fourth, and Moeller reached on the swerving ball Nady almost caught.

"It's frustrating," Nady said. "In the past, I've been able to hang onto them."

Then came Ohka's second extra-base hit in 212 career at-bats.

"It just kept going and going," Nady said. "I thought when he first hit it I'd have a play on it, and then it was over before I knew it. "

Brady Clark hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning, and Fielder boosted the lead to 4-1 in the fifth with a pop to center that appeared to be catchable but dropped in front of Carlos Beltran for an RBI single.

"I took a step back and when it was time for me to come forward -- too late," Beltran said.

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

New fan whipping boy Jorge Julio was beat up again in the eighth, allowing J.J. Hardy 's run-scoring single that dropped in front of left fielder Cliff Floyd and Jenkins' two-run homer, which clanked off the linescore on the scoreboard in right-center. Lee followed with a drive that Beltran caught against the center-field fence.

"I feel fine," said Julio, whose ERA rose to 19.64.

Some fans chanted "Bring Back Benson!" -- a reference to the offseason trade that brought him to New York for Kris Benson. Julio said he didn't hear the jeers, but some of his teammates took offense.

"Someone gets booed -- we're all a team, we're all a family, and I think everyone takes it kind of personally," Nady said.

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 afternoon home game. 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 as part of the tribute.
 
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Prince Fielder slides in with a run on starting pitcher Tomo Ohka's fourth-inning double.  (AP)
Prince Fielder slides in with a run on starting pitcher Tomo Ohka's fourth-inning double. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Milwaukee

J. Hardy
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4010001 .205
J.J. Hardy, SS4132010 .295
Geoff Jenkins, RF5112004 .250
Carlos Lee, LF4111100 .325
Corey Koskie, 3B5010022 .346
Rickie Weeks, 2B4210031 .278
Prince Fielder, 1B5131011 .349
Chad Moeller, C4221002 .308
Tomo Ohka, P3011012 .200
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1000000 .375
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
Totals3981481813 
a-grounded out for Ohka in the 8th
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (2, Trachsel), Corey Koskie (3, Bradford), Rickie Weeks (1, Trachsel), Tomo Ohka (1, Trachsel)
HR - Geoff Jenkins (1, Julio), Carlos Lee (5, Oliver)
SF - J.J. Hardy (1)
RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (6), Geoff Jenkins 2 (3), Carlos Lee (10), Prince Fielder (4), Chad Moeller (1), Tomo Ohka (1)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (1), Geoff Jenkins 2 (2), Prince Fielder (3), Chad Moeller (1)
CS - Brady Clark (2, 2nd base by Trachsel/Castro)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Fielder-Hardy-Ohka, Hardy-Weeks-Fielder
E - Tomo Ohka (1, Wild throw), Rickie Weeks (4, Wild throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Tomo Ohka (W,1-1) 7521250 3.00
Matt Wise 2100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 101-68, Matt Wise 17-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 8-9, Matt Wise 3-2
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 29, Matt Wise 6
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3000111 .304
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4010002 .176
Carlos Beltran, CF4110001 .273
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
Carlos Delgado, 1B4110001 .366
David Wright, 3B3011001 .421
Cliff Floyd, LF3000123 .200
Xavier Nady, RF4010012 .342
Ramon Castro, C3011001 .286
Steve Trachsel, P1000002 .250
   a- Jose Valentin, PH1000000 .000
    Darren Oliver, P00000001.000
   b- Julio Franco, PH1000011 .250
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Endy Chavez, CF0000000 .500
Totals312622515 
a-fouled out for Trachsel in the 5th
b-struck out for Oliver in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (1, Ohka), Ramon Castro (2, Ohka)
SF - David Wright (3), Ramon Castro (1)
RBI - David Wright (13), Ramon Castro (1)
SB - Jose Reyes (4, 2nd base off Ohka/Moeller)
Team LOB - 6
New York Mets
Steve Trachsel (L,1-1) 5944140 4.09
Darren Oliver 2211021 1.80
Jorge Julio 1233001 19.64
Chad Bradford 1100020 0.00
HBP - Weeks (by Steve Trachsel), Clark (by Steve Trachsel), Moeller (by Jorge Julio)
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 95-56, Darren Oliver 26-19, Jorge Julio 27-15, Chad Bradford 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 4-6, Darren Oliver 4-0, Jorge Julio 2-1, Chad Bradford 1-0
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 26, Darren Oliver 8, Jorge Julio 6, Chad Bradford 4
Game Information
Attendance - 55831
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Terry Craft