The Brewers ran out to a 5-0 lead after five innings over the Mets and held on for a 5-3 win. Mets errors contributed in each of the Brewers scoring innings, and Zach Davies was again very, very good.
Steven Matz dominated the Brewers earlier this season in New York, but the Brewers touched him up for 3 in the bottom of the second. Aaron Hill singled to right with one down, and Scooter Gennet doubled inside the bag down the first base line, rewarding Craig Counsell for his start against a lefty. (That gave Scoot a homer and double in consecutive at bats against lefties.) Keon Broxton singled to center, scoring Hill, and Davies dropped down a great safety squeeze to bring in Gennett. When Matz’ throw went down the line, Broxton (who had stolen second) also scored.
The Brewers added two in the fifth when Davies singled to right and Jonathon Villar dropped a good bunt for a hit down the third base line. Wilmer Flores threw wildly to first, allowing Davies to go to third. Ryan Braun hit a sacrifice fly to deep right center, and Jonathon Villar stole his 23rd base before scoring on Jonathon Lucroy’s double.
Davies dominated the Mets for six innings, using changes of speed, excellent location, and judicious spotting of his fast ball to befuddle the Mets. He pitched out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the first, and retired 17 straight until a lead-off double by Kelly Johnson and single by James Loney put runners on first and third to start the seventh.
The Brewers went with Blaine Boyer, and he retired all three hitters he faced, with Johsnon scoring on a fielders choice.
Carlos Torres only retired one in the eighth, and ended up allowing two runs on RBI hits from Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes. Will Smith finished the inning without further damage, but it took a nice catch from Ryan Braun on a liner by almost Brewer Wilmer Flores in left.
Jeremy Jeffress earned his 18th save, allowing one hit and striking out two in the ninth.
The Brewers (30-33) travel to San Francisco (37-26 into Sunday night) for a week on the coast, facing the Giants, Dodgers, and a rematch with the A’s. Chase Anderson (4-6) will face the Giants’ Albert Suarez (1-1).