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Fielder helps Brewers to wild comeback over Mets

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NEW YORK -- Prince Fielder hit a home run that went a long way, then his single put the Milwaukee Brewers as far out in front as they ever have been.

His key hit in the ninth inning tied the game after former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez helped waste a six-run lead, and Casey McGehee followed Fielder with a two-run single that lifted the Brewers to an 11-9 win over New York on Saturday.

Milwaukee took an 8½-game lead on St. Louis in the NL Central, matching the largest division lead in franchise history. Fielder is 9 for 18 with four homers and 12 RBI against the Mets this season.

"When you're on a winning team, it makes you forget about yourself," Fielder said. "You're winning and your natural ability comes out and takes over."

Fielder, Ryan Braun and Yuniesky Betancourt all homered for the Brewers, who have won eight of their nine games and 21 of 24.

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Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer off Rodriguez (5-2) in the eighth that put New York ahead 9-7. Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen (3-3) couldn't get an out in the ninth and left after a bases-loaded walk.

"I usually figure it out," Isringhausen said. "But today, there was no figuring it out. I just couldn't find the strike zone."

The Mets scored five times in the seventh to close within 7-6, then took the lead against Rodriguez. Mets fans jeered K-Rod, traded with his hefty contract from New York to the Brewers during the All-Star break.

Rodriguez retired Ronny Paulino and Jason Pridie in order before coming undone. Ruben Tejada walked with two outs before Josh Thole's double went off the glove of center fielder Jerry Hairston, who had to change his course to the ball at the last second.

As the ball hit the ground and the crowd at Citi Field roared, Rodriguez put his hands on his head, staring out to center field.

"I thought it was a ball that was going to be caught," Rodriguez said.

Pagan made it worse for Rodriguez, sending his pitch into the upper deck in right, just one section over from where Fielder hit a three-run homer in the third that smacked off an empty seat with an audible report after barely staying fair.

"He hit that ball so hard, it didn't have a chance to hook," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We talk about solo home runs, they can win games late. But three-run home runs that are huge win games early."

Isringhausen walked the first two batters in the ninth, gave up a single that loaded the bases and walked pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay on a full count, making it 9-8.

Acosta came on and retired Braun on a fly to right field, but Fielder came through against the Mets as he has all season. Fielder reached down and golfed an RBI single just past diving second baseman Justin Turner, and McGehee rolled his two-run single to right.

The Mets have lost eight of 10 since an inspired pair of comebacks against San Diego's strong bullpen. Saturday looked as if it was going to be another rollicking comeback - for a moment.

"We lost the game, but in my estimation, it didn't go to waste," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Chris Capuano struck out seven and made it 24 starts in a row in which he's gone more than five innings. That was about all the Mets left-hander could hang his hat on, though. He was pulled with the Mets trailing 7-1 in the sixth after giving up Betancourt's homer and two straight singles.

The last straw was the single to backup catcher George Kottaras, a lefty hitter only in the lineup against Capuano because he is Randy Wolf's personal catcher.

Collins had apparently seen enough, bringing in Pedro Beato to face Wolf with two outs. Wolf grounded out on two pitches and stayed in the game until leaving with one out in the seventh, still in line for the win before all the drama kicked off.

"To me it was more gratifying to come back and win," Wolf said. "It's one thing to have a [six]-run lead and blow it, another to come back."

Notes

  • John Axford pitched the ninth for his 37th save.
  • Mets SS Jose Reyes did more running Saturday as he rehabilitated his strained left hamstring. Collins observed the workout and said Reyes looked "terrific" and that the Mets would see how he feels on Sunday before deciding on their next step. Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday, but probably will take longer than that.
  • Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was a guest of the Mets and was on the field before the game. He is still in a motorized wheelchair while he recovers from a serious spinal injury, though he has been standing frequently. LeGrand recently also visited the New York Jets' training camp.
  • Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo (13-8) was set to face Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (5-11) in Sunday's three-game series finale. Gallardo has tied a career high with 17 quality starts out of his 27 this season.
  • Capuano went 44-48 for the Brewers from 2004-2010. He won June 7 when he faced the Brewers in Milwaukee.
  • A fire at one of the auto businesses across the street from the center-field entrance to Citi Field sent black smoke billowing into the air behind the scoreboard, momentarily distracting fans.
 
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Prince Fielder (right) chalks up two hits, one home run and four RBI against the Mets. (Getty Images)
Prince Fielder (right) chalks up two hits, one home run and four RBI against the Mets. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
New York

A. Pagan
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF5110020 .265
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF2200200 .259
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH0101100 .257
    Craig Counsell, 2B0000000 .163
Ryan Braun, LF3312203 .327
Prince Fielder, 1B5124022 .306
Casey McGehee, 3B5012010 .243
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5112012 .261
Josh Wilson, 2B4010010 .257
   b- Felipe Lopez, PH1000012 .206
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
George Kottaras, C3010010 .230
    Jonathan Lucroy, C0100100 .282
Randy Wolf, P3000002 .170
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .500
   c- Nyjer Morgan, PH-CF0100100 .315
Totals361181179  
a-walked for Hairston in the 9th
b-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
c-walked for Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
HR - Ryan Braun (24, Capuano), Prince Fielder (28, Capuano), Yuniesky Betancourt (10, Capuano)
RBI - Mark Kotsay (24), Ryan Braun 2 (80), Prince Fielder 4 (96), Casey McGehee 2 (57), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 3 (34), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (24)
Team LOB - 5
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf 6.1855130 3.45
Takashi Saito (H,8) 0.2111100 2.65
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,6; W,5-2) 1233111 3.32
John Axford (S,37) 1000010 2.28
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 114-80, Takashi Saito 15-7, Francisco Rodriguez 24-14, John Axford 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 7-9, Takashi Saito 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1, John Axford 2-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 28, Takashi Saito 4, Francisco Rodriguez 6, John Axford 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5232000 .265
Justin Turner, 2B4110102 .261
David Wright, 3B4101100 .255
Scott Hairston, RF3000022 .240
   a- Lucas Duda, PH-RF^1B2012010 .276
Jason Bay, LF5011001 .239
Ronny Paulino, C4110012 .293
Nick Evans, 1B3110010 .200
   b- Jason Pridie, PH-RF1000000 .232
Ruben Tejada, SS3221100 .274
Chris Capuano, P2000001 .095
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
   c- Willie Harris, PH0001000 .239
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   d- Josh Thole, PH1011000 .268
    Mike Baxter, PR0100000 .267
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Totals37911935  
a-doubled for Hairston in the 7th
b-flied out for Evans in the 8th
c-hit a sacrifice fly for Beato in the 7th
d-doubled for Parnell in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Turner (22, Wolf), Lucas Duda (13, Saito), Ruben Tejada 2 (10, Wolf, Wolf), Josh Thole (14, Rodriguez)
HR - Angel Pagan (7, Rodriguez)
SF - Willie Harris (2)
RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (46), David Wright (40), Lucas Duda 2 (31), Jason Bay (43), Ruben Tejada (24), Willie Harris (16), Josh Thole (30)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (19), Lucas Duda 2 (11), Jason Bay (20), Josh Thole (10)
SB - Angel Pagan (26, 2nd base off Saito/Kottaras)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - David Wright (10, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano 5.2575373 4.71
Pedro Beato 1.1000110 4.00
Bobby Parnell 1000000 4.10
Jason Isringhausen (L,3-3)0144300 4.32
Manny Acosta (BS,1) 1200010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 102-62, Pedro Beato 16-8, Bobby Parnell 9-5, Jason Isringhausen 20-7, Manny Acosta 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 6-5, Pedro Beato 1-2, Bobby Parnell 3-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 26, Pedro Beato 5, Bobby Parnell 3, Jason Isringhausen 4, Manny Acosta 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28234
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Angel Campos