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Nady helps Mets rip Brewers, extend best start ever

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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets are already looking ahead after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 Sunday to set two franchise records for best starts to a season.

Atlanta is coming to town, and the Mets are looking for a fast start against their NL East rivals.

"They're the division champions," said manager Willie Randolph, whose team opens a three-game set against the Braves on Monday. "Those are the guys we've got to go through to be where we want to be.

"We feel good going into the series. We want to feel good going out."

New York is feeling good after taking two of three from the Brewers to improve to 9-2, its fastest start ever. The Mets also set a franchise mark by winning their first four series of the season.

Xavier Nady drove in three runs with a home run and a sacrifice fly and Carlos Delgado hit a three-run homer against the Brewers, who snapped New York's seven-game winning streak with an 8-2 win Saturday.

David Wright, leading the National League in hitting with a .421 average coming into the game, had a single and double and scored twice for New York.

The Brewers left eight runners on base in the first three innings against Brian Bannister (2-0), who was making his third major league start. He threw 112 pitches over five innings, but allowed just one run and left the game leading 4-1.

"My approach is I don't give in," Bannister said. "I'll walk guys before I'll give them a pitch they can drive. I'll keep making my pitches all day."

He left the Brewers and manager Ned Yost frustrated.

"We just let too many opportunities get by early," Yost said. "We got his pitch count up and three times we had runners in scoring position and fewer than two out. We just couldn't put the ball in play. That has a way of catching up with you."

The Mets had a 4-3 lead before scoring five runs in the eighth. Delgado hit a three-run drive and Victor Diaz doubled home two more runs.

Nady's third home run of the season gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the second. He connected against Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets (0-1) following a leadoff single by Wright. Sheets was activated from the disabled list before the game and had not pitched since last Aug. 26 because of a right shoulder strain.

He worked five innings and was satisfied with his first start.

"I felt good, really good," he said. "I'm not happy we lost but for myself, I'm happy to be back out there. I'll get better, I think."

Bannister escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the first when he got Corey Koskie to bounce out. Then Milwaukee loaded the bases with none out in the second on a leadoff double by Bill Hall and walks to Prince Fielder and Damian Miller. But Bannister struck out Sheets and Gabe Gross and got J.J. Hardy on a fly ball to end the inning.

In the third, singles by Jenkins and Koskie and a walk to Hall loaded the bases again. Bannister then struck out Fielder and got Miller on a fly ball.

Milwaukee reached Bannister for a run in the fourth on a double by Gross, a wild pitch and an infield out. Geoff Jenkins followed with a two-out double but Carlos Lee flied out, ending the inning.

The Mets got the run right back in the bottom of the fourth when Wright opened with a double, moved to third on an infield out and scored on Nady's fly ball.

Jose Reyes singled with two out in the fifth, stole second and came home on Paul Lo Duca's second hit of the game, making it 4-1. Lo Duca stole second and went to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded when Sheets finished his day by striking out Delgado.

With Bannister out of the game for a pinch-hitter, Darren Oliver relieved for the Mets in the sixth and was touched for a pinch single by Corey Hart. Oliver had Hart picked off first but Delgado threw the ball into left field for an error. Jenkins, who had three hits, followed with a two-run homer, cutting the Mets' lead to 4-3.

"I felt good," Jenkins said. "We had plenty of opportunities. We just didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had."

Notes

  • Endy Chavez started in CF for the Mets replacing Carlos Beltran (tight right hamstring). Beltran hopes to return Monday against Atlanta.
  • Bannister threw 81 pitches in the first three innings work.
  • Sheets threw five innings, allowing four runs and six hits and throwing 96 pitches.
 
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Carlos Delgado (right) and Jose Reyes do a jig after Delgado's three-run blast in the eighth inning.  (AP)
Carlos Delgado (right) and Jose Reyes do a jig after Delgado's three-run blast in the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

X. Nady
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

G. Jenkins
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Gabe Gross, CF4110124 .333
J.J. Hardy, SS5011016 .286
Geoff Jenkins, RF5132013 .286
Carlos Lee, LF4000104 .295
Corey Koskie, 3B5010002 .323
Bill Hall, 2B4020110 .227
Prince Fielder, 1B2000324 .333
Damian Miller, C4000106 .148
Ben Sheets, P2000013 .000
   a- Corey Hart, PH1110000 .333
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Cirillo, PH1010000 .222
    Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Jared Fernandez, P0000000 .000
Totals3731037832 
a-singled for Sheets in the 6th
b-singled for Capellan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gabe Gross (1, Bannister), Geoff Jenkins (2, Bannister), Bill Hall 2 (4, Bannister, Julio)
HR - Geoff Jenkins (2, Oliver)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (7), Geoff Jenkins 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Geoff Jenkins 2 (4)
SB - Prince Fielder (1, 2nd base off Heilman/Lo Duca), Corey Hart (1, 3rd base off Oliver/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 14
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets (L,0-1) 5644061 7.20
Jose Capellan 2000020 7.50
Jorge De La Rosa 0.1144301 9.82
Jared Fernandez 0.2211100 13.50
WP - Ben Sheets (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 96-60, Jose Capellan 21-16, Jorge De La Rosa 28-13, Jared Fernandez 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 4-5, Jose Capellan 1-3, Jorge De La Rosa 1-0, Jared Fernandez 1-1
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 21, Jose Capellan 6, Jorge De La Rosa 5, Jared Fernandez 5
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4210102 .300
Paul Lo Duca, C3121100 .324
Carlos Delgado, 1B4113022 .356
David Wright, 3B4220000 .429
Cliff Floyd, LF3000012 .182
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Julio Franco, PH0000100 .250
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
Xavier Nady, RF3223000 .366
Endy Chavez, CF3100110 .200
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4000013 .158
Brian Bannister, P1000010 .400
   b- Jose Valentin, PH1000010 .000
    Darren Oliver, P00000001.000
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
    Victor Diaz, LF2012010 .200
Totals32999489 
a-walked for Heilman in the 8th
b-struck out for Bannister in the 5th
Batting
2B - David Wright (3, Sheets), Victor Diaz (1, Fernandez)
HR - Carlos Delgado (4, De La Rosa), Xavier Nady (3, Sheets)
SF - Xavier Nady (1)
RBI - Paul Lo Duca (4), Carlos Delgado 3 (12), Xavier Nady 3 (6), Victor Diaz 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Lo Duca (3), Victor Diaz 2 (2)
SB - Jose Reyes (5, 2nd base off Sheets/D. Miller), Paul Lo Duca (1, 2nd base off Sheets/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Carlos Delgado (1, )
New York Mets
Brian Bannister (W,2-0) 5611540 2.50
Darren Oliver (H,1) 0.2222011 4.76
Chad Bradford (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Aaron Heilman (H,4) 2100220 3.86
Jorge Julio 1100010 15.43
WP - Brian Bannister (2), Jorge Julio (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Bannister 112-63, Darren Oliver 21-14, Chad Bradford 4-3, Aaron Heilman 37-20, Jorge Julio 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bannister 5-6, Chad Bradford 1-0, Aaron Heilman 3-1
Batters Faced - Brian Bannister 26, Darren Oliver 4, Chad Bradford 1, Aaron Heilman 9, Jorge Julio 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38119
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Terry Craft, Third Base - Dan Iassogna