Brewers 6, Mets 4
NEW YORK (AP)—Lyle Overbay is locked in at the plate, plain and simple.
The Milwaukee first baseman had three hits, including a home run for the second game in a row, and drove in four runs Saturday in a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets, who managed just two hits against four Brewers pitchers.
Overbay extended his hitting streak to 10 games and is batting .500 (19-for-38) with 17 RBIs over that stretch.
“He’s red hot, really swinging well,” manager Ned Yost said.
“It’s a great feeling,” Overbay said. “It makes it a lot easier when you’re in that kind of groove. Everything slows down. You see the ball so good, whether they’re throwing 85 or 95 miles per hour. It looks the same.”
Overbay had one hit more than the Mets, who made the most they could from two hits and nine walks. “Two hits,” manager Art Howe said. “You don’t win too many games with two hits.”
Until the fifth inning, the Mets had no hits against Milwaukee’s Adrian Hernandez, making his first start in almost two years. But Hernandez walked seven batters before he was lifted from the game with one out in the fifth.
“There was nothing I could do,” the right-hander said. “I knew I was tired. I was not surprised I came out.”
The no-hitter was the last thing on Yost’s mind when he came to get Hernandez with the bases loaded on walks, two outs short of qualifying for his first major league win.
“Even if he cruises through the fifth, we were probably saying, `That’s it,”’ Yost said. “He was at 80 pitches. That was his pitch count. He knew he was done. He did a great job. He got us outs.”
Matt Kinney (1-2) relieved Hernandez and allowed New York’s first hit, an RBI single by Karim Garcia. Luis Vizcaino pitched the eighth and gave up New York’s only other hit, a double by Eric Valent. Dan Kolb worked the ninth for his sixth save in as many opportunities.
“It didn’t feel like a two-hitter,” Yost said. “It was an ugly win.”
It was the third time this season Overbay had four RBIs in a game. He leads all major league first basemen with 31 RBIs and leads the National League with 21 extra-base hits.
Milwaukee nicked Tyler Yates (1-4) for a run in the second, but could’ve had more.
Geoff Jenkins hit a leadoff double into the right-field corner. After Overbay walked, Wes Helms singled, loading the bases with no outs. Jenkins scored on an RBI single by Ben Grieve, but Yates escaped further damage by striking out Gary Bennett and Hernandez, and getting Scott Podsednik to ground out.
The Brewers made it 2-0 in the third when Keith Ginter singled, moved up on an infield out and scored on Overbay’s single.
The Mets scored in the fourth without benefit of a hit.
Mike Piazza opened with a walk and was forced by Garcia. After Valent flied out, Mike Cameron walked. Then, Ty Wigginton hit a ball off third baseman Helms’ glove for an error, scoring Garcia. With runners at second and third, Vance Wilson struck out, ending the inning.
Yates gave that back—and more—in the fifth. Craig Counsell opened with a walk. One out later, Jenkins singled and then Overbay followed with a three-run homer, his second homer in as many games in New York.
In the fifth, the Mets loaded the bases on three more walks to finish Hernandez. Kinney surrendered an RBI single to Garcia, the first Mets hit, and then forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Valent. But he left the bases loaded by striking out Cameron and Wigginton to end the inning.
The Brewers added a run in the eighth when pinch-hitter Brady Clark singled, stole second and scored on Podsednik’s two-out single.
Valent doubled in the eighth for the Mets’ second hit, and scored onWigginton’s sacrifice fly.
Cameron returned to the lineup after missing two games with a jammed right pinkie. … Mets OF Shane Spencer remained sidelined by back spasms, missing his second straight game. … Plate umpire Kerwin Danley called out Kaz Matsui for running out of the baseline in the first inning on his tapper in front of the plate. … Jenkins went to the left-field wall to take extra-base hits away from Wigginton in the second, Yates in the third, Wilson in the sixth and Cameron in the eighth. … Podsednik stole his 18th consecutive base dating to last season, including 17 straight this season, breaking Hall of Famer RobinYount’s club record.