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Brewers use Hardy's slam, Sheets' solid outing to rout Mets

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NEW YORK -- With an impressive combination of big hits and relentless baserunning, the Milwaukee Brewers showed they're good enough to beat up on one of the best teams in the National League.

J.J. Hardy hit a grand slam and Tony Gwynn Jr. played a fantastic all-around game to back a solid pitching performance by Ben Sheets and lead Milwaukee past the sloppy New York Mets 12-3 on Saturday.

"They waxed us all over the field. They played hungry," New York's David Wright said. "They're a good team, no doubt about that. They do everything well. If they stay healthy, I don't see why they won't be one of the top teams in the National League when it's said and done."

Bill Hall added three hits, Gwynn scored three times from the leadoff spot and the Brewers got two key runs on a shallow sacrifice fly that turned into a messy double play for the Mets. Milwaukee has won 11 of 13 to improve baseball's best record to 25-11.

Some think the unheralded Brewers (16-5 at home) have fattened up on a soft schedule in the weak NL Central. But after a 5-4 loss in the series opener that snapped a six-game winning streak, Milwaukee overwhelmed the defending NL East champs with 16 hits and an aggressive approach on the bases.

"It's a big win, but not necessarily because it's against the Mets. It's very early," Gwynn said.

The Brewers will try to take the rubber game Sunday with Chris Capuano (5-0, 2.31 ERA) on the mound against Oliver Perez.

Sheets (3-2) yielded three runs and four hits in six innings, and Matt Wise worked a perfect seventh to preserve a 4-3 lead.

Two hit batters helped Milwaukee load the bases in the eighth, and Gwynn hit an RBI single for his career-best third hit. Hardy followed with his second career slam and third homer in four games to make it 9-3. It came off rookie reliever Joe Smith, who gave up his first runs in 18 major league outings.

Pinch-hitter Corey Hart added a two-run triple in the ninth, and Hardy hit a sacrifice fly to give him five RBI. The 24-year-old has 11 homers and 34 RBIs.

The Brewers, who haven't lost consecutive games since dropping a season-worst three in a row from April 4-7, matched a season high for runs.

Pinch-hitter David Newhan homered for the Mets (22-13), who had won three straight and seven of nine. New York left fielder Moises Alou came out in the seventh with a strained left quadriceps and went for an MRI exam.

"I don't think it's anything real serious. He might be down for a couple of days," manager Willie Randolph said.

Making his fourth start of the season, and first in right field instead of center, Gwynn flashed a rocket arm in the fourth inning. Wright hit a drive off the base of the right-field fence for New York's first hit but was thrown out at second when Gwynn made a perfect throw on the fly from the corner.

Gwynn opened the game with a single and scored on Hall's single, the eighth first-inning run Mike Pelfrey (0-5) has allowed in six starts this year.

Prince Fielder doubled leading off the third and scored on Johnny Estrada's single, then Milwaukee made it 4-0 in the fourth with the help of some poor defense by the Mets.

"I thought we were a little lackluster early," Randolph said. "Every once in a while you're going to have a stinker, and this was one of them."

Gwynn's routine grounder to second turned into an infield single when first baseman Carlos Delgado broke for the ball and couldn't get back to the bag in time. Pelfrey was late covering, and Gwynn beat Ruben Gotay's throw.

A walk to Hardy loaded the bases with one out and Fielder hit a high popup to short right. Gotay called for the ball while backpedaling, but Shawn Green acknowledged he should have come in harder and called him off. When an off-balance Gotay made the catch, Craig Counsell tagged up from third and scored easily as Gwynn dashed to third.

Gotay's lollipop throw to the plate left Hardy in a rundown between first and second, which allowed Gwynn to score before Hardy was tagged out. By the time the unusual sequence was over, the Brewers had two runs on a double play and a 4-0 lead. Fielder was credited with a sacrifice fly and one RBI.

"Craig read it perfectly," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "That's stuff we work on, trying to help ourselves offensively with our baserunning. It worked perfectly."

New York finally got something going in the fifth. Green hit his first triple with the Mets and scored on a wild pitch. Newhan hit a two-run homer, his first extra-base hit for New York, to cut it to 4-3.

Hurt by some hard luck, Pelfrey allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. He is winless in eight starts since July 18 at Cincinnati, his second big league start.

"Overall I thought I threw the ball decent," Pelfrey said. "It's tough. I'm 0-5 right now. I'm doing the best I can to stay positive. I know eventually this is going to turn around."

Notes

  • It was Newhan's second career pinch-hit homer. The other came on June 18, 2004, with Baltimore at Colorado.
  • Hardy's other grand slam was Sept. 7, 2005, at Cincinnati.
 
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J.J. Hardy's second career grand slam helps the Brewers improve baseball's best record to 25-11.   (AP)
J.J. Hardy's second career grand slam helps the Brewers improve baseball's best record to 25-11. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

B. Sheets
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 3
BB 2
K 5
Milwaukee

J. Hardy
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Tony Gwynn Jr., RF5331112 .406
J.J. Hardy, SS4115113 .333
Prince Fielder, 1B4121110 .300
Bill Hall, CF4031101 .273
Johnny Estrada, C5021003 .306
Geoff Jenkins, LF5000027 .323
Tony Graffanino, 2B5220005 .231
Craig Counsell, 3B3320100 .224
Ben Sheets, P1000010 .063
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
   a- Kevin Mench, PH0000000 .295
   b- Gabe Gross, PH0100000 .176
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
   c- Corey Hart, PH1112000 .264
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
Totals3712161156  
a-announced for Wise in the 8th
b-hit by pitch for Mench in the 8th
c-tripled for Spurling in the 9th
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder 2 (9, Pelfrey, Sele), Bill Hall (10, Smith), Tony Graffanino (1, Schoeneweis)
3B - Corey Hart (1, Schoeneweis)
HR - J.J. Hardy (11, Smith)
SF - J.J. Hardy (1), Prince Fielder (2)
SH - Ben Sheets 2 (4)
RBI - Tony Gwynn Jr. (6), J.J. Hardy 5 (34), Prince Fielder (31), Bill Hall (15), Johnny Estrada (12), Corey Hart 2 (9)
SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (3, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Tony Gwynn Jr. 1
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets (W,3-2) 6433251 4.10
Matt Wise (H,8) 1000010 3.60
Chris Spurling 1000000 3.24
Elmer Dessens 1200010 4.50
WP - Ben Sheets (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 106-64, Matt Wise 12-8, Chris Spurling 7-4, Elmer Dessens 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 6-6, Matt Wise 1-1, Chris Spurling 3-0, Elmer Dessens 2-0
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 23, Matt Wise 3, Chris Spurling 3, Elmer Dessens 5
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4000010 .336
David Wright, 3B3010100 .255
Carlos Beltran, CF4020011 .321
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000033 .209
Moises Alou, LF3000001 .318
    Endy Chavez, LF1010000 .361
Shawn Green, RF4110000 .323
Paul Lo Duca, C3100102 .287
Ruben Gotay, 2B3000011 .167
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Mike Pelfrey, P1000010 .000
   a- David Newhan, PH1112000 .143
    Aaron Sele, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Damion Easley, 2B1000000 .250
Totals3236227  
a-homered for Pelfrey in the 5th
Batting
3B - Shawn Green (1, Sheets)
HR - David Newhan (1, Sheets)
RBI - David Newhan 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - David Newhan 2 (2)
SB - David Wright (4, 2nd base off Sheets/Estrada)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Gotay-Lo Duca-Reyes-Delgado, Feliciano-Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,0-5) 5844330 6.53
Aaron Sele 1200100 4.11
Pedro Feliciano 1122010 1.23
Joe Smith 0.2333011 1.69
Scott Schoeneweis 1.1233110 2.93
HBP - Counsell (by Pedro Feliciano), Gross (by Joe Smith)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 87-52, Aaron Sele 15-8, Pedro Feliciano 12-6, Joe Smith 18-12, Scott Schoeneweis 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 6-5, Aaron Sele 2-1, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 25, Aaron Sele 6, Pedro Feliciano 4, Joe Smith 6, Scott Schoeneweis 7
Game Information
Attendance - 50193
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora