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New York at Milwaukee

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N.Y. Mets (66-78) «2200030007111
Milwaukee (72-72)020000001392

Mets 7, Brewers 3

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MILWAUKEE -- Mike Fiers knows how damaging the loss might be for the surging Milwaukee Brewers.

"The playoffs are right around the corner, and we need to win as many games as possible," the Brewers' pitcher said. "Sure, there's a little bit of pressure there, but there is no excuse for me throwing the ball all over the place. I need to get back to pitching and start in the first inning."

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Lucas Duda homered and doubled, Jonathon Niese pitched six strong innings and the New York Mets snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the surging Brewers 7-3 on Friday night.

The loss dropped Milwaukee back to .500 at 72-72 -- four games behind St. Louis for the second National League wild-card spot.

Fiers (9-8) gave up six hits and four runs in five innings for Milwaukee, which had won 18 of 23 coming in.

"One game is not going to change it," Fiers said. "We had a really good stretch of wins here. We can still win the series. It's one game. If we can come back and win these next two games, it would be nice. It doesn't really matter where we're at. We need to win."

Niese (11-9), who had lost three straight starts, settled down after giving up two second-inning runs, allowing six hits, three walks and the two runs. He also had two hits and scored a run, helping the Mets to their biggest offensive output since a 9-5 extra-inning victory over Philadelphia on Aug. 28.

Daniel Murphy also homered for New York.

Fiers struggled from the start, and the Mets scored twice in both the first and second innings, equaling their offensive output in three losses in a sweep against Washington.

In the first, Murphy walked with one out, went to third on David Wright's double and scored on Ike Davis' groundout. Wright scored on Duda's ground-rule double.

The Mets made it 4-0 in the second when Niese singled with one out and, two batters later, Murphy hit a ball into the second deck in right field for his sixth home run of the season.

"Just command again," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said about Fiers. "He came out not throwing strikes. He tried to throw fastballs away and was pulling them across the plate a lot on the lefties. It was command, with the offspeed pitches also."

Milwaukee answered with two in the second, and it would have been more but for two runners getting thrown out at home. Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez led off with singles, and Travis Ishikawa doubled in Lucroy. Jean Segura grounded to Niese, who caught Gomez off third base, and Wright eventually tagged him out in a rundown. Fiers then singled in Ishikawa for his second RBI of the season. Norichika Aoki bounced to third, and Segura was tagged out at home. Rickie Weeks struck out to end the threat.

Shoddy defense cost Milwaukee in the sixth.

Duda homered to right center off reliever Manny Parra to lead off the inning -- his second since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

Then, with one out, Andres Torres reached on an error by shortstop Jean Segura, who threw high to first on the slow roller. Torres scored on Josh Thole's double. Niese followed with an infield single that caromed off third baseman Aramis Ramirez's chest -- barely keeping alive his errorless streak of 42 games. Ruben Tejada followed with what should have been an easy double-play grounder to Ramirez, but Rickie Weeks' relay throw to first bounced in the dirt and got away from Ishikawa, scoring Thole.

"We haven't played this type game in quite a while," Roenicke said. "I know we're going to have one of these once in a while, but we certainly need to bounce back tomorrow and play a lot better."

The Brewers threatened in the eighth with leadoff singles by Ryan Braun and Ramirez before a spectacular Mets double play, as Lucroy grounded sharply up the middle to a diving Tejada, who from his stomach flipped the ball to second, where Murphy pivoted and threw quickly to first.

Milwaukee added a run in the ninth on Nyjer Morgan's RBI triple.

The Brewers had won nine straight at home, tying a Miller Park record, and were one shy of equaling the franchise mark. The streak included a sweep of the Braves earlier in the week that put them over .500 for the first time since they were 4-3 on April 12. Milwaukee was 12 games under .500 as recently as Aug. 19 before its recent streak made it a wild-card contender.

"Nobody expects us to be in this thing, and I think we've played that way, and that's why we've gotten back in it," Roenicke said. "If you start looking at every game like it's `you have to win,' I don't think the young guys will do well with that. So we haven't gone there."

The Mets -- 19-38 since the All-Star Break entering play -- had lost eight of nine and came in 13 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2009 season.

"They play great here, we know they play great here," Mets manager Terry Collins said about the Brewers. "They're in the hunt. They don't make many mistakes, so when they do, you've got to capitalize on it, and we did tonight."

Notes

Mets 3B David Wright extended his hitting streak to eight games with his first-inning double. ... Brewers 1B Corey Hart missed his fourth straight game with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. ... New York Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia starts on Saturday - exactly two years since his last major league start. Mejia started three games for New York in 2010 and did not pitch in the majors in 2011 after Tommy John surgery. He has one relief appearance since being recalled Sept. 4.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS5000003 .288
Daniel Murphy, 2B4222101 .293
David Wright, 3B5120021 .315
Ike Davis, 1B5001032 .221
Lucas Duda, LF4122010 .246
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   a- Justin Turner, PH1000001 .278
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Jordany Valdespin, RF2010100 .247
    Mike Baxter, RF1000000 .263
Andres Torres, CF4100012 .223
Josh Thole, C3111110 .238
Jonathon Niese, P3120000 .216
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
    Fred Lewis, LF1010000 .143
Totals38711638  
a-popped out for Parnell in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Wright 2 (40, Fiers, Fiers), Lucas Duda (13, Fiers), Josh Thole (13, Parra)
HR - Daniel Murphy (6, Fiers), Lucas Duda (14, Parra)
RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (58), Ike Davis (79), Lucas Duda 2 (53), Josh Thole (21)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (31), Lucas Duda (26)
CS - Jordany Valdespin (3, 2nd base by Fiers/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Tejada-Davis, Tejada-Murphy-Davis, Tejada-Murphy-Davis
E - Ruben Tejada (11, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (W,11-9) 6622350 3.46
Josh Edgin 0.2000000 3.33
Jon Rauch 0.1000000 2.92
Bobby Parnell 1200000 2.91
Ramon Ramirez 1111120 4.32
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 109-71, Josh Edgin 5-3, Jon Rauch 7-4, Bobby Parnell 15-8, Ramon Ramirez 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 10-2, Bobby Parnell 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 26, Josh Edgin 2, Jon Rauch 1, Bobby Parnell 4, Ramon Ramirez 5
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5010011 .286
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000114 .228
Ryan Braun, LF3010101 .310
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4020012 .298
Jonathan Lucroy, C4110003 .321
Carlos Gomez, CF3010111 .249
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4111022 .270
Jean Segura, SS3100104 .226
Mike Fiers, P1011000 .103
   a- Jeff Bianchi, PH1000010 .182
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
    Livan Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Farris, PH1000000 .000
    Josh Stinson, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Thornburg, P0000000 .250
   c- Nyjer Morgan, PH1011000 .243
Totals3439347  
a-struck out for Fiers in the 5th
b-flied out for Hernandez in the 7th
c-tripled for Thornburg in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (45, Niese), Travis Ishikawa (10, Niese)
3B - Nyjer Morgan (3, Ramirez)
RBI - Travis Ishikawa (24), Mike Fiers (2), Nyjer Morgan (16)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jean Segura (4, Throwing), Rickie Weeks (16, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Fiers (L,9-8) 5644241 3.23
Manny Parra 0.1331001 4.58
Livan Hernandez 1.2000010 5.05
Josh Stinson 1100110 0.00
Tyler Thornburg 1100020 5.40
WP - Tyler Thornburg (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Fiers 92-60, Manny Parra 21-12, Livan Hernandez 18-11, Josh Stinson 25-13, Tyler Thornburg 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Fiers 6-4, Manny Parra 1-1, Livan Hernandez 1-3, Josh Stinson 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Fiers 22, Manny Parra 5, Livan Hernandez 5, Josh Stinson 5, Tyler Thornburg 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38216
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Mike Estabrook