W: Todd Coffey (2-1)
L: Fernando Nieve (1-3)
S: John Axford (2)
HR: Corey Hart (11, 12), George Kottaras (4), Ike Davis (5)
MVP: Corey Hart (+.397)
LVP: Marco Estrada (-.224)
Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game voting
Corey Hart ended last night's game with a bang and kept the momentum going today. After Manny Parra gave up a run in the top of the first inning, the Brewers had a two-out rally culminate in Hart's first career grand slam. The Mets tacked on one run in the second and third innings, but the Brewers answered with a George Kottaras solo shot off Fernando Nieve in the second and a two-run Hart homer off Oliver Perez in the third. Parra was pulled in favor of Marco Estrada in the fourth inning, and the righthander struggled, giving up a three-run home run to rookie Ike Davis before escaping the inning. Rickie Weeks tripled to lead off the fourth and scored on a Ryan Braun double play to make the score 8-6.
After that half-inning, Mets relievers Elmer Dessens, Jose Mejia, and Ryota Igarashi held the Brewers scoreless for the rest of the game. When Marco Estrada struggled again in the fifth inning, Todd Coffey entered the game and retired seven Mets in order, earning a well-deserved win. Carlos Villanueva followed up with a perfect eighth inning. Though it was rumored Trevor Hoffman would resume regular closing duties, John Axford came out of the bullpen to protect the lead in the ninth inning. Axford retired Ike Davis, David Wright, and Angel Pagan in order to earn his second save of the season.