Not much of late seems to prevent the Milwaukee Brewers from finding ways to win.
After rallying for another victory, the NL Central-leading Brewers look to complete their first three-game road sweep of the New York Mets with a sixth consecutive win at Citi Field on Sunday.
Milwaukee (75-52) appeared headed to an easy victory Saturday before it blew a six-run lead only to score four times in the ninth inning to erase a two-run deficit and beat New York 11-9 for its 21st win in 24 games. It was the third time in seven days the Brewers won in what would be their final at-bat.
Prince Fielder(notes) hit a three-run homer and added a game-tying single in the ninth to help the Brewers win for the seventh time in eight road games and extend their division lead to 8 1/2 games over St. Louis - matching the largest in franchise history.
“To me it was more gratifying to come back and win,” said starter Randy Wolf(notes), who allowed five runs in 6 1-3 innings. “It’s one thing to have a (six)-run lead and blow it, another to come back.”
Fielder is 9 for 18 and hit four of his 28 homers while driving in 12 runs this season against the Mets (60-65).
“When you’re on a winning team, it makes you forget about yourself,” Fielder said. “You’re winning and your natural ability comes out and takes over.”
“We lost the game, but in my estimation, it didn’t go to waste,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
After Wolf became the first Brewers starter to allow more than one run in eight games, Yovani Gallardo(notes) (13-8, 3.55 ERA) looks to improve on a pair of subpar efforts against the Mets in the finale.
The right-hander had allowed one run over 22 innings while going 1-1 in his first three career starts versus New York, but has yielded 11 and 20 hits in 7 1-3 innings to go 0-1 in his last two. He gave up four runs and 10 hits in four innings of a 4-1 home loss to the Mets on June 9.
Gallardo, however, has allowed one run in three of his last four starts, including Tuesday when he struck out nine over eight innings but did not factor in the decision of a 2-1 win over Los Angeles.
“I try to find that good rhythm,” said Gallardo, 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in his last six starts.
Mets star David Wright(notes) is 2 for 11 with six strikeouts versus Gallardo and 0 for 7 in this series. Teammate Angel Pagan(notes), meanwhile, had his second straight three-hit game Saturday that included a two-run homer off Rodriguez.
The right-hander allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-4 win in 10 innings at San Diego on Monday.