Brewers 6, Mets 3

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NEW YORK (AP)—Ben Sheets is becoming the ace for the Milwaukee Brewers the way the New York Mets hoped Tom Glavine would for them.

Sheets benefited from a short outing by Glavine for the second time this season, and beat the Mets 6-3 Tuesday night.

He has won three straight starts, and is one victory away from tying his career high of 11 wins.

“It provides a lot of stability for our team knowing when Benny goes out we’re going to have a real good chance to win the ball game,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “That’s what the ace of your staff provides.”

And that’s what the Mets thought they were getting when they signed Glavine away from Atlanta in the offseason. Instead of consistent wins, all that Glavine is feeling is consistent angst.

Glavine had his second one-inning stint of the season against the Brewers, leaving this time because of a right ribcage strain. The injury occurred on a pitch that Richie Sexson hit for a single.

“That’s when I felt the little tingling,” a dejected Glavine said. “On the first pitch to the next hitter it felt a little worse and I knew something was wrong. But it didn’t get any worse during the rest of that inning.”

Glavine threw 18 pitches—11 for strikes. That was the easy part.

“As the night has gone on it has gotten worse,” Glavine said of his injured lower rib. “It is more sore now than when I came out of the game.”

Glavine will be re-examined on Wednesday. His status for his next start is very much in question.

Royce Clayton hit a three-run homer, and Keith Osik added a solo shot against Dan Wheeler, Glavine’s replacement.

It was the second straight win for the Brewers following a three-game losing streak. New York has dropped four in a row.

Both last-place teams are 43-63, but Milwaukee won at Shea Stadium for the fourth straight game—its longest winning streak there in franchise history.

“We just have to keep battling,” Clayton said. “We’re all battling as a team. We’re all going through the thing together and that’s the good part about it.”

The game drew 22,846, a significant improvement over the 6,056 who watched Milwaukee win Monday night in a makeup from an earlier rainout.

The Brewers loaded the bases in the first against Glavine, who allowed two hits. Brady Clark reached on catcher’s interference with two outs, but Glavine got Keith Ginter to line out.

The injury is the latest in a season of misfortune for Glavine. He is 6-11 with a 5.10 ERA, and has only one win in 12 starts.

“It’s kind of one thing after another. It stinks, it’s disappointing,” Glavine said. “I felt right tonight and then something like this happens. It’s not like I don’t make an effort to take care of myself and do the physical work, because I do and it’s discouraging.”

Sheets (10-7) allowed three runs on seven hits and didn’t walk a batter in 6 2-3 innings as he won for the fourth time in five decisions. He also beat the Mets on June 5 when Glavine left in the first inning because of swelling in his left elbow.

“Things are going well right now. You just try to ride the wave the best you can,” Sheets said.

With runners on first and third and two outs in the seventh, Valerio De Los Santos relieved Sheets and struck out Tony Clark on three pitches to end the inning. Mike DeJean got six outs for his 18th save in 25 chances.

Osik gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo homer—his second—off Wheeler (0-1).

The Mets responded in their half when Jason Phillips led off with a single and scored the tying run on Timo Perez’s double. Ty Wigginton drove in Perez with the first of his three singles to make it 2-1.

In the fourth. Ginter and Osik hit one-out singles before Clayton’s 10th homer gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead.

New York got within a run in their half of the fourth on Wigginton’s infield single that scored Cliff Floyd, who led off with a double.

Brady Clark doubled in two runs in the ninth to make it 6-3.

Notes

Before the game, new Hall of Famer Gary Carter was honored with a ceremony attended by former manager Davey Johnson and several teammates from New York’s 1986 World Series championship team. … Sheets has walked just one in his last 26 2-3 innings. … Brewers 3B Wes Helms didn’t play because of a slight hamstring injury sustained Monday. … The Mets traded INF Rey Sanchez to Seattle for minor league OF Kenny Kelly. They recalled RHP Jason Roach fromTriple-A Norfolk after the game.

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