New York has won four straight games, including a three-game sweep over the San Francisco Giants that was capped by Thursday’s 2-1 win in 11 innings.
A night after becoming the career home run leader among catchers, Mike Piazza hit a two-out game-winning homer.
It was the first game-ending homer for the Mets since Piazza hit one off San Diego’s Jaret Wright on May 10 last year. New York’s winning streak follows a 9-15 start and leaves the Mets just three games behind NL East-leading Florida.
“These can lift you to another level,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “We were due one of these.”
Milwaukee has lost two straight after a 9-6 defeat at Cincinnati on Thursday night. Third baseman Wes Helms may miss the entire series in New York because of a hitting slump that has gotten so bad, he was banned from batting practice by Brewers’ skipper Ned Yost.
“When you get frustrated, you’re done,” said Yost, who benched Helm in Friday’s 9-6 defeat at Cincinnati “That’s the idea with sitting a guy, you let that frustration run its course.”
Since April 13—when he was batting a robust .360—Helms has a .140 batting average (8-for-57). He has not driven in a run in that span.