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Brewers 6, Mets 1

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NEW YORK -- Angry at himself, Prince Fielder had a few harsh words for himself.

That's not how reliever Tim Byrdak heard it. At least not at first, and that's where the trouble began.

Fielder hit a pair of RBI singles and later confronted Byrdak in a late dustup that caused the benches and bullpens to empty, and the streaking Milwaukee Brewers waited out a rain delay of nearly three hours before beating the lost-at-home New York Mets 6-1 Friday night.

"It's all settled now. It's cool," Fielder said.

Shaun Marcum pitched the Brewers to their 20th win in 23 games, giving them a season-high 7½-game lead in the NL Central. They closed out this testy victory at 12:51 a.m.

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The Mets, meanwhile, set a most dubious record. They became the first team in major league history to lose the opening game in their first 10 homestands of a season, STATS LLC said.

Only a couple thousand fans were still at Citi Field at the end. Those who left early missed the Fielder-Byrdak problems in the eighth inning. There were no punches or ejections.

Fielder, who delighted Mets fans by signing dozens of autographs before the game, kept doing more damage against their team. He already was 2 for 2 with two walks when he came up in the eighth, and Byrdak's first pitch was a fastball at Fielder's chest that backed him away from the plate.

"The pitch was fine," Fielder said.

Fielder grounded out on the next pitch, then took a sudden right turn after hitting first base, curling back to intercept Byrdak on the way to the dugout.

"I was talking about myself," Fielder said. "He said something I didn't like."

"I had a question I had to get off my chest," he said.

Mets manager Terry Collins, catcher Josh Thole and plate umpire Angel Campos intervened to prevent any escalation between the big slugger and slightly built reliever.

"He said something coming out of the box, I said something back," Byrdak said. "I was real surprised. It was said in passing, I thought it would stay that way."

"I thought it was directed towards me. The whole thing was blown out of proportion," he said.

Order was quickly restored and Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez, traded from the Mets to Milwaukee during the All-Star break, put his arm around New York bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello as they headed back to the bullpens.

Brewers reliever Frankie De La Cruz plunked Mike Baxter in the ninth, without incident.

Fielder's big night made him 7 for 13 with three home runs against the Mets this season.

For a while, it looked as if this game would be a washout. The first pitch was delayed for 2 hours, 46 minutes because of an approaching storm that eventually brought rain, lightning, thunder and gusting winds.

The announced attendance was 24,470 and the Mets rewarded all fans with a free ticket for a game against Washington next month.

Brewers star Ryan Braun wasn't around at the end, either. He looked at strike three in the third inning, loitered in the batter's box and was eventually ejected by Campos. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke came out to argue, too, injecting a little excitement into his 55th birthday.

"Short night, extra recovery for tomorrow," Braun said.

Marcum (11-3) improved to 4-0 in nine starts since losing at Yankee Stadium on June 29. He allowed one run in seven innings.

Mike Pelfrey (6-10) went five innings in his first start since Arizona's Gerardo Parra hit a line drive off his right elbow last Saturday. Pelfrey threw eight pitches in relief this week, just to make certain he was OK.

Casey McGehee hit two run-scoring singles and Yuniesky Betancourt broke an 0-for-16 rut with an RBI double.

Notes

The 1913 Reds and 1987 White Sox each lost the opener of their first nine homestands. ... Mets SS Jose Reyes (strained left hamstring) ran for the first time since re-injuring himself. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday, but Collins says Reyes will probably be sidelined longer than that. ... Brewers LHP Randy Wolf (10-8) will try to win his fifth straight start when he pitches Saturday. He is 12-5 lifetime vs. the Mets. LHP Chris Capuano (9-10) starts for the Mets against his former team. He turned 33 on Friday.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF5110012 .266
Nyjer Morgan, CF4120010 .315
Ryan Braun, LF2100011 .327
    Mark Kotsay, LF2100101 .257
Prince Fielder, 1B3222200 .305
Casey McGehee, 3B4032101 .243
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5011004 .262
Jonathan Lucroy, C5000003 .282
Craig Counsell, 2B3020100 .163
Shaun Marcum, P3000135 .146
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    Frankie De La Cruz, P0000000 .000
Totals36611566  
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (14, Pelfrey), Nyjer Morgan (14, Carrasco), Yuniesky Betancourt (21, Pelfrey)
SH - Nyjer Morgan (9)
RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (92), Casey McGehee 2 (55), Yuniesky Betancourt (52)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (31), Casey McGehee (29)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (7, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Thole), Ryan Braun (24, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Thole)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - McGehee-Counsell-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum (W,11-3) 7611130 3.40
Kameron Loe 1100010 3.86
Frankie De La Cruz 1000010 0.00
HBP - Baxter (by Frankie De La Cruz)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 101-67, Kameron Loe 21-13, Frankie De La Cruz 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 8-8, Kameron Loe 2-0, Frankie De La Cruz 2-0
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 26, Kameron Loe 4, Frankie De La Cruz 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4030001 .261
Willie Harris, 2B4000002 .239
David Wright, 3B3000112 .259
Lucas Duda, 1B4000002 .274
Mike Baxter, RF3000011 .267
Jason Pridie, LF4110000 .233
Josh Thole, C4011021 .266
Ruben Tejada, SS3020001 .268
Mike Pelfrey, P1000011 .070
   a- Nick Evans, PH1000001 .189
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   b- Justin Turner, PH1000000 .261
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
Totals3217115  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Pelfrey in the 5th
b-grounded out for Byrdak in the 8th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan 2 (18, Marcum, Loe), Jason Pridie (8, Marcum)
RBI - Josh Thole (29)
CS - Angel Pagan (6, 2nd base by Marcum/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Wright-Duda, Wright-Harris-Duda
E - David Wright (9, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (L,6-10) 5843440 4.61
D.J. Carrasco 2322110 5.03
Tim Byrdak 1000010 3.26
Ryota Igarashi 1000100 5.32
IBB - Fielder by Mike Pelfrey, by Counsell, Fielder by D.J. Carrasco
WP - D.J. Carrasco (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 86-49, D.J. Carrasco 39-26, Tim Byrdak 9-8, Ryota Igarashi 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 8-3, D.J. Carrasco 2-3, Tim Byrdak 2-0, Ryota Igarashi 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 27, D.J. Carrasco 10, Tim Byrdak 3, Ryota Igarashi 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24470
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Ed Rapuano