Braun homers to lead Brewers past Mets 3-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Ryan Braun has struggled at the plate for most of the season. He broke through with a big home run Friday night.

Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run shot to straightaway center in the fifth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Friday night.

''That's one of those balls you don't feel off the bat,'' Braun said. ''That's about as hard as I can hit a baseball.''

The pitch that Braun hit out frustrated Mets starter Steven Matz (3-2).

''I wish I'd get that pitch to Braun back,'' he said. ''I was trying to go in and left it out over the plate. In a tie game, you've just got to make that pitch there.''

Braun had three hits to lift his average to .226, including his seventh home run of the season.

''There's always an ebb and flow to everybody's season and when you get off to a bad start it feels so much worse than it usually actually is,'' Braun said of his early season slump. ''If this happens in the middle of the season and you've already played some good baseball and gotten some good hits, I think it's not as noticeable. My swing has been OK the whole time, but my plate discipline has been really bad. I've swung at a lot of bad pitches.''

Milwaukee played its fifth consecutive game without NL MVP Christian Yelich, who continues to deal with low back discomfort.

The Brewers also got a needed solid performance from one its starters after the Colorado Rockies roughed up the staff for a combined 22 runs in back-to-back losses on Wednesday and Thursday. Brandon Woodruff (4-1) answered the call, giving up six hits and one run in five innings to beat the Mets for the second time in a week. He walked two and struck out seven.

''I think he pitched a nice game tonight,'' Brewers' manager Craig Counsell said. ''Really pleased with how he threw.''

Woodruff survived a 12-pitch, first-inning at-bat by Robinson Cano with minimal damage. Cano ended up drawing a walk and then scored on Wilson Ramos' single.

Josh Hader got six outs for his eighth save in eight tries. Hader allowed the first two batters in the ninth to reach before striking out the next three.

After the Mets jumped in front, the Brewers tied it in their half of the first on Lorenzo Cain's leadoff homer, the fifth of his career and second this season.

Matz allowed nine hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.

ROSTER MOVES

The Mets selected the contract of INF Adeiny Hechavarria from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned 1B Dominic Smith. ''Adeiny can really help us,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''Defensively, he's going to allow us to deal with a double switch at a lot of different positions. He's been swinging the bat great.'' ... The Brewers recalled RHP Adrian Houser from Triple-A San Antonio and optioned RHP Jay Jackson.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Reliever Luis Avilan left in the eighth with elbow tightness. After Avilan struck out Ben Gamel, catcher Ramos visited the mound and motioned for the trainer. ''We're going to have him evaluated and kind of go from there,'' Callaway said. ... Transferred RHP Drew Smith to the 60-day IL after he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last month.

Brewers: Yelich took batting practice and threw long toss before the game. ''We're missing him,'' manager Craig Counsell said.

PERALTA IN LIMBO

The Brewers will wait a few days to decide whether to give Freddy Peralta another start or move him out of the rotation, Counsell said. Peralta gave up 8 hits and six runs in four innings in a loss to Colorado on Thursday in his first start since returning from a stint on the injured list with right sternoclavicular joint irritation.

COMFORTS OF HOME

Milwaukee has homered in all 19 of its home games this season, the second-longest streak ever to start a season, trailing only the Toronto Blue Jays, who hit home runs in 21 consecutive games to start the 2000 season.

UP NEXT

Mets: Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.05 ERA) will make his fourth start on the road this season.

Brewers: Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 3.60) will make his second start of the season after signing as a free agent on April 27. His first start was also against the Mets.

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  • W: B. Woodruff (4-1)L: S. Matz (3-2)S: J. Hader (8)
  • HR: MIL - R. Braun (7), L. Cain (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. McNeil LF40100012.348.430.473.903-0.5
P. Alonso 1B40100021.289.379.614.9930.0
R. Cano 2B31000122.264.319.418.7381.0
M. Conforto RF40200000.272.400.509.9093.0
W. Ramos C30110111.250.318.313.6302.5
K. Broxton PR00000000.146.222.146.3690.0
B. Nimmo CF20000102.211.342.347.6891.0
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T. Frazier 3B40000023.167.189.333.523-1.0
A. Rosario SS40100022.267.309.388.6972.0
S. Matz P20100011.182.182.182.3640.5
J. Lagares CF10000000.214.302.304.6050.0
  • a-struck out for Gagnon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF41111003.269.327.425.7526.0
Y. Grandal C21000200.283.368.485.8533.0
R. Braun LF41321001.226.274.453.72711.0
J. Aguilar 1B40000023.165.273.294.567-1.0
J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Moustakas 3B40200001.279.353.577.9303.0
H. Perez 2B40300011.246.295.439.7345.5
B. Gamel RF40000015.279.372.397.769-0.5
O. Arcia SS40000004.222.282.370.6520.0
B. Woodruff P20100001.429.467.5711.0381.0
A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- E. Thames PH10000000.266.351.516.8670.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Shaw 1B00000000.189.277.340.6170.0
  • a-flied out for Claudio in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (9)
  • RBI - W. Ramos (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil, R. Cano 2 (2), B. Nimmo 2 (2), A. Rosario 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moustakas (7), H. Perez (2)
  • HR - L. Cain (4), R. Braun (7)
  • RBI - L. Cain (12), R. Braun 2 (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain 3 (3), J. Aguilar, M. Moustakas, B. Gamel, O. Arcia, B. Woodruff
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Rosario (4)
  • CS - J. McNeil (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Braun (2), H. Perez (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Cano-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Grandal-Perez; Moustakas-Perez-Aguilar; Claudio-Perez-Aguilar)
  • E - J. Aguilar (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 3-2)5.29331323.861.20-1.5
R. Gsellman1.10001003.601.402.0
L. Avilan0.21000109.282.06-0.5
D. Gagnon0.10000006.431.140.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 3-2)5.2
R. Gsellman1.1
L. Avilan0.2
D. Gagnon0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff (W, 4-1)5.06112704.711.4916.5
A. Claudio (H, 8)1.00000003.861.043.0
J. Guerra (H, 6)1.00000002.080.873.0
J. Hader (S, 8)2.01001503.240.7813.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff (W, 4-1)5.0
A. Claudio (H, 8)1.0
J. Guerra (H, 6)1.0
J. Hader (S, 8)2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 104-69, R. Gsellman 14-8, L. Avilan 11-8, D. Gagnon 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 6-8, R. Gsellman 2-1, D. Gagnon 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 27, R. Gsellman 4, L. Avilan 3, D. Gagnon
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 94-61, A. Claudio 11-9, J. Guerra 13-7, J. Hader 36-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 3-3, A. Claudio 3-0, J. Guerra 2-1, J. Hader 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 21, A. Claudio 3, J. Guerra 3, J. Hader 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. McNeil LF40100012.348.430.473.903-0.5
P. Alonso 1B40100021.289.379.614.9930.0
R. Cano 2B31000122.264.319.418.7381.0
M. Conforto RF40200000.272.400.509.9093.0
W. Ramos C30110111.250.318.313.6302.5
K. Broxton PR00000000.146.222.146.3690.0
B. Nimmo CF20000102.211.342.347.6891.0
R. Gsellman P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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T. Frazier 3B40000023.167.189.333.523-1.0
A. Rosario SS40100022.267.309.388.6972.0
S. Matz P20100011.182.182.182.3640.5
J. Lagares CF10000000.214.302.304.6050.0
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  • a-struck out for Gagnon in the 9th
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L. Cain CF41111003.269.327.425.7526.0
Y. Grandal C21000200.283.368.485.8533.0
R. Braun LF41321001.226.274.453.72711.0
J. Aguilar 1B40000023.165.273.294.567-1.0
J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Moustakas 3B40200001.279.353.577.9303.0
H. Perez 2B40300011.246.295.439.7345.5
B. Gamel RF40000015.279.372.397.769-0.5
O. Arcia SS40000004.222.282.370.6520.0
B. Woodruff P20100001.429.467.5711.0381.0
A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- E. Thames PH10000000.266.351.516.8670.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Shaw 1B00000000.189.277.340.6170.0
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  • a-flied out for Claudio in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (9)
  • RBI - W. Ramos (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil, R. Cano 2 (2), B. Nimmo 2 (2), A. Rosario 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moustakas (7), H. Perez (2)
  • HR - L. Cain (4), R. Braun (7)
  • RBI - L. Cain (12), R. Braun 2 (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain 3 (3), J. Aguilar, M. Moustakas, B. Gamel, O. Arcia, B. Woodruff
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Rosario (4)
  • CS - J. McNeil (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Braun (2), H. Perez (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Cano-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Grandal-Perez; Moustakas-Perez-Aguilar; Claudio-Perez-Aguilar)
  • E - J. Aguilar (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 3-2)5.29331323.861.20-1.5
R. Gsellman1.10001003.601.402.0
L. Avilan0.21000109.282.06-0.5
D. Gagnon0.10000006.431.140.0
Total8.01033242---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 3-2)5.2
R. Gsellman1.1
L. Avilan0.2
D. Gagnon0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff (W, 4-1)5.06112704.711.4916.5
A. Claudio (H, 8)1.00000003.861.043.0
J. Guerra (H, 6)1.00000002.080.873.0
J. Hader (S, 8)2.01001503.240.7813.5
Total9.07113120---
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff (W, 4-1)5.0
A. Claudio (H, 8)1.0
J. Guerra (H, 6)1.0
J. Hader (S, 8)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 104-69, R. Gsellman 14-8, L. Avilan 11-8, D. Gagnon 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 6-8, R. Gsellman 2-1, D. Gagnon 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 27, R. Gsellman 4, L. Avilan 3, D. Gagnon
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 94-61, A. Claudio 11-9, J. Guerra 13-7, J. Hader 36-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 3-3, A. Claudio 3-0, J. Guerra 2-1, J. Hader 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 21, A. Claudio 3, J. Guerra 3, J. Hader 8
  • 5TH INNING
    Braun homered to center, Grandal scored13
  • 1ST INNING
    Cain homered to center11
    Ramos singled to shallow right, Cano scored, Conforto to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hader Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto doubled to right center
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
    • J.D. Davis hit for Drew Gagnon
    • Keon Broxton ran for Wilson Ramos
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Frazier struck out on foul tip
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • Travis Shaw at first base
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, McNeil grounded out to first
    • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luis Avilan relieved Robert Gsellman
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas lined out to first
    • H. Perez: Ball, Perez doubled to center
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging, Perez stole third
    • Drew Gagnon relieved Luis Avilan
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arcia grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Junior Guerra pitching
    • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario fouled out to first
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lagares grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Gsellman Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked
    • R. Braun: Ball, Braun lined out to right
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Aguilar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Grandal out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Alex Claudio relieved Brandon Woodruff
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Conforto safe at first on 1st baseman Aguilar throwing error
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Conforto out at second
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Nimmo grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • Eric Thames hit for Alex Claudio
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Thames flied out to left
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • Juan Lagares in center field
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Cain grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Rosario struck out on foul tip
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Matz singled to shallow center
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Foul, McNeil flied out to deep left
    • P. Alonso: Alonso singled to shallow right center, Matz to third
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cano flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grandal walked
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Braun homered to center, Grandal scored
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas doubled to right
    • H. Perez: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • B. Gamel: Gamel grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier grounded into double play third to second to first, Nimmo out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas singled to shallow left center
    • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez singled to shallow left, Moustakas to second
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Gamel flied out to left
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Arcia flied out to center
    • B. Woodruff: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Woodruff reached on an infield single to second, Moustakas to third, Perez to second
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cain flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Foul, Alonso grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cain grounded out to third
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grandal flied out to deep right
    • R. Braun: Ball, Braun singled to shallow right center
    • J. Aguilar: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • S. Matz: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Matz struck out looking
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Rosario stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Foul, Foul, Perez singled to shallow left
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Gamel reached on fielder's choice to second, Perez out at second
    • O. Arcia: Arcia flied out to right
    • B. Woodruff: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Woodruff grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, McNeil singled to shallow right center
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging, McNeil caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • R. Cano: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cano walked
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Conforto reached on an infield single to shortstop, Cano to second
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos singled to shallow right, Cano scored, Conforto to third
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Cain homered to center
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grandal flied out to deep right
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Ball, Braun singled to shallow left center
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Aguilar struck out looking, Braun stole second
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)