Yelich homers in return as Brewers win to sweep Mets

MILWAUKEE (AP) After a stellar start to the season, being benched with a sore back began to test Christian Yelich's patience.

Yelich eagerly returned to the Milwaukee lineup on Sunday, hitting his 15th homer, a towering 440-foot shot that caromed off the third deck in right field at Miller Park as the Brewers slipped past the New York Mets 3-2 for a sweep of their three-game series.

''I got it pretty good,'' Yelich said. ''It was nice to be back for sure.''

The teams were coming off an 18-inning game on Saturday night, the longest in Miller Park history, that lasted 5 hours, 22 minutes.

Yelich, the NL MVP, was back in the starting lineup after missing five consecutive games with low back soreness. He lined out as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning of Saturday's marathon game.

''I want to be out there, for sure, but I understand that you have to take your time, make sure it's all good and not lose sight of the bigger picture,'' Yelich said.

Yelich's homer off Jason Vargas (1-2) gave Milwaukee a 3-0 lead in the third inning. The Brewers had scored the game's first run earlier in the inning on Lorenzo Cain's sacrifice fly.

With its bullpen depleted, the Brewers got a much-needed performance from starter Zach Davies (4-0), who gave up six hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings while throwing a season-high 118 pitches.

''Zach delivered as much as we possibly could have expected,'' manager Craig Counsell said.

Davies had a plan that he hoped would take pressure off the rest of the staff.

''It was about getting quick outs, get deep in the ball game,'' Davies said.

Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save.

The Mets got a run in the fifth on Tomas Nido's run-scoring single and added another in the seventh when Juan Lagares hit a two-out, solo home run off Davies.

Vargas gave up three hits and three runs in four innings but left for a pinch-hitter in the fifth after experiencing mild hamstring tightness.

''He had a lot of pitches left. It is just unfortunate,'' Mets' manager Mickey Calloway said.

ROSTER MOVES

Both teams made moves to replenish their bullpens. The Brewers selected RHP Burch Smith from Triple-A San Antonio and optioned RHP Taylor Williams, who pitched four innings and was the winning pitcher on Saturday, to San Antonio. The Brewers also designated RHP Jay Jackson for assignment.

The Mets optioned LHP Ryan O'Rourke and RHP Chris Flexen to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled RHP Tim Peterson and RHP Tyler Bashlor from there. Flexen took the loss in Saturday's game after surrendering the game-winning hit to Ryan Braun in the 18th.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: LHP Steven Matz has been sent back to New York to have a forearm nerve issue examined, Callaway said. ''He wasn't able to throw his bullpen today,'' he said. ''We figured we better go get it checked out.'' .INF Jed Lowrie, out since opening day with a left knee capsule strain, had one hit in four at-bats in a rehab assignment with Syracuse on Sunday.

Brewers: Cain left the game in the sixth after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from reliever Tim Peterson. Cain was diagnosed with a contusion. X-rays were negative. Counsell said he planned to give Cain the day off on Monday. ... RHP Jimmy Nelson, who has been out since having shoulder surgery in September 2017, pitched in a rehab outing at San Antonio on Sunday. He surrendered two runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts. ... RHP Aaron Wilkerson (left foot injury) is expected to pitch in a rehab assignment for San Antonio on Tuesday.

CAIN IN PAIN

In addition to getting hit by a pitch, Cain also had the wind knocked out of him when he crashed into the center-field wall earlier in the inning after making a running grab of Pete Alonso's liner. ''Was just trying to make a play,'' Cain said. ''Got a read on it, got a good jump and was able to run it down.'' Cain's fielding prowess continues to impress his teammates. ''Someone needs to give him a Gold Glove. Anybody. Somebody,'' Yelich said. ''That was a good one. He hit the wall full speed, and people think because there's a pad on it, it doesn't hurt very much. It hurts a lot. He had a tough 15 minutes there.''

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-3, 3.82 ERA) will take the mound as New York opens a three-game series at San Diego. He's 3-2 with a 1.66 ERA in six career starts versus the Padres.

Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 5.24) will make his eighth start of the season as Milwaukee opens a three-game series at home against Washington. Chacin is 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 10 career starts against the Nationals.

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  • W: Z. Davies (4-0)L: J. Vargas (1-2)S: J. Hader (9)
  • HR: NYM - J. Lagares (2), MIL - C. Yelich (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Hechavarria 2B30000002.286.286.286.5710.0
a- R. Cano PH-2B10000010.246.299.390.689-0.5
A. Rosario SS40300010.276.313.409.7232.5
B. Nimmo LF-RF30000013.194.320.320.640-0.5
b- J. Davis PH10000010.274.369.452.821-0.5
P. Alonso 1B40000012.280.364.600.964-0.5
T. Frazier 3B40000010.146.167.293.459-0.5
K. Broxton RF31100020.156.224.178.4022.0
T. Bashlor P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Lagares CF31111001.213.294.344.6386.0
T. Nido C30110010.143.143.214.3571.5
J. Vargas P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
c- M. Conforto PH00000100.269.405.496.9011.0
T. Peterson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Zamora P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McNeil LF10000000.347.423.463.8860.0
  • a-struck out for Hechavarria in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Nimmo in the 9th
  • c-walked for Vargas in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF10010010.259.316.406.7221.5
B. Gamel PR-CF10100000.280.372.387.7591.0
C. Yelich RF41121013.346.450.8041.2536.5
R. Braun LF40000012.254.296.475.771-0.5
J. Aguilar 1B30100010.169.272.303.5751.5
H. Perez 2B30000021.238.284.413.696-1.0
T. Shaw 3B30000011.172.262.310.572-0.5
M. Pina C31100001.143.250.200.4503.0
O. Arcia SS31100000.224.280.371.6513.0
Z. Davies P20000012.071.133.071.205-0.5
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- E. Thames PH00000100.246.361.478.8401.0
J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Albers in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (5), K. Broxton
  • HR - J. Lagares (2)
  • RBI - J. Lagares (6), T. Nido (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Lagares (2), T. Nido (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hechavarria 2 (2), P. Alonso
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar (3), M. Pina (2), O. Arcia (3)
  • HR - C. Yelich (15)
  • SF - L. Cain (2)
  • RBI - L. Cain (14), C. Yelich 2 (36)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Yelich 2 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Braun 2 (2), M. Pina
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Rosario (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hechavarria-Rosario-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Perez-Arcia-Aguilar)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (L, 1-2)4.03330515.921.563.5
T. Peterson2.11000102.841.745.5
D. Zamora0.10000000.000.380.0
T. Bashlor1.11001200.001.502.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (L, 1-2)4.0
T. Peterson2.1
D. Zamora0.1
T. Bashlor1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Davies (W, 4-0)7.26221511.561.2424.5
M. Albers (H, 2)0.10000103.520.850.5
J. Hader (S, 9)1.00000303.060.7411.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Davies (W, 4-0)7.2
M. Albers (H, 2)0.1
J. Hader (S, 9)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Peterson
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 50-36, T. Peterson 33-19, D. Zamora 3-3, T. Bashlor 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 4-3, T. Peterson 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 15, T. Peterson 8, D. Zamora, T. Bashlor 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 118-76, M. Albers 5-3, J. Hader 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 6-10
  • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 28, M. Albers, J. Hader 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Hechavarria 2B30000002.286.286.286.5710.0
a- R. Cano PH-2B10000010.246.299.390.689-0.5
A. Rosario SS40300010.276.313.409.7232.5
B. Nimmo LF-RF30000013.194.320.320.640-0.5
b- J. Davis PH10000010.274.369.452.821-0.5
P. Alonso 1B40000012.280.364.600.964-0.5
T. Frazier 3B40000010.146.167.293.459-0.5
K. Broxton RF31100020.156.224.178.4022.0
T. Bashlor P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Lagares CF31111001.213.294.344.6386.0
T. Nido C30110010.143.143.214.3571.5
J. Vargas P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
c- M. Conforto PH00000100.269.405.496.9011.0
T. Peterson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. McNeil LF10000000.347.423.463.8860.0
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  • a-struck out for Hechavarria in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Nimmo in the 9th
  • c-walked for Vargas in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF10010010.259.316.406.7221.5
B. Gamel PR-CF10100000.280.372.387.7591.0
C. Yelich RF41121013.346.450.8041.2536.5
R. Braun LF40000012.254.296.475.771-0.5
J. Aguilar 1B30100010.169.272.303.5751.5
H. Perez 2B30000021.238.284.413.696-1.0
T. Shaw 3B30000011.172.262.310.572-0.5
M. Pina C31100001.143.250.200.4503.0
O. Arcia SS31100000.224.280.371.6513.0
Z. Davies P20000012.071.133.071.205-0.5
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- E. Thames PH00000100.246.361.478.8401.0
J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Albers in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (5), K. Broxton
  • HR - J. Lagares (2)
  • RBI - J. Lagares (6), T. Nido (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Lagares (2), T. Nido (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hechavarria 2 (2), P. Alonso
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar (3), M. Pina (2), O. Arcia (3)
  • HR - C. Yelich (15)
  • SF - L. Cain (2)
  • RBI - L. Cain (14), C. Yelich 2 (36)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Yelich 2 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Braun 2 (2), M. Pina
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Rosario (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hechavarria-Rosario-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Perez-Arcia-Aguilar)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (L, 1-2)4.03330515.921.563.5
T. Peterson2.11000102.841.745.5
D. Zamora0.10000000.000.380.0
T. Bashlor1.11001200.001.502.0
Total8.0533181---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (L, 1-2)4.0
T. Peterson2.1
D. Zamora0.1
T. Bashlor1.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Davies (W, 4-0)7.26221511.561.2424.5
M. Albers (H, 2)0.10000103.520.850.5
J. Hader (S, 9)1.00000303.060.7411.5
Total9.0622191---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Davies (W, 4-0)7.2
M. Albers (H, 2)0.1
J. Hader (S, 9)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Peterson
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 50-36, T. Peterson 33-19, D. Zamora 3-3, T. Bashlor 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 4-3, T. Peterson 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 15, T. Peterson 8, D. Zamora, T. Bashlor 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 118-76, M. Albers 5-3, J. Hader 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 6-10
  • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 28, M. Albers, J. Hader 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Lagares homered to right23
  • 5TH INNING
    Nido singled to left, Broxton scored13
  • 3RD INNING
    Yelich homered to right, Arcia scored03
    Cain hit sacrifice fly to left, Pina scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • J.D. Davis hit for Brandon Nimmo
    • J. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Foul, Ball, McNeil grounded out to second
    • Robinson Cano hit for Adeiny Hechavarria
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • Matt Albers relieved Zach Davies
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bashlor Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Arcia flied out to deep right
    • Eric Thames hit for Matt Albers
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Thames walked
    • B. Gamel: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gamel singled to center, Thames to second
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Braun struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Frazier lined out to second
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • J. Lagares: Foul, Foul, Ball, Lagares homered to right
    • T. Nido: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Peterson Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar doubled to left
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • Daniel Zamora relieved Tim Peterson
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Foul, Shaw flied out to right
    • Tyler Bashlor pitching
    • Jeff McNeil in left field
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Pina flied out to deep right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosario singled to center
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Ball, Nimmo flied out to left
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Alonso lined out to center
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Rosario caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Peterson Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Cain hit by pitch
    • Ben Gamel ran for Lorenzo Cain
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Yelich grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gamel out at second
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Braun grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier flied out to right
    • K. Broxton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Broxton doubled to deep center
    • J. Lagares: Lagares popped bunt out to third
    • T. Nido: Ball, Nido singled to left, Broxton scored
    • Michael Conforto hit for Jason Vargas
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto walked, Nido to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tim Peterson pitching
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pina flied out to right
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arcia popped out to second
    • Z. Davies: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Davies lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hechavarria grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario doubled to left
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Aguilar grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Lagares flied out to right
    • T. Nido: Ball, Nido lined out to first
    • J. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vargas grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • M. Pina: Pina doubled to left center
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arcia doubled to deep right, Pina to third
    • Z. Davies: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Davies struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Cain hit sacrifice fly to left, Pina scored
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Yelich homered to right, Arcia scored
    • R. Braun: Ball, Braun grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Alonso flied out to deep left
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Frazier fouled out to first
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Shaw flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to center
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Nimmo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rosario out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Yelich flied out to deep center
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)