Mets 12, Brewers 3

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—The New York Mets’ offense made it an easy night for Al Leiter.

The Mets scored five times in the sixth and ninth innings to rout the Brewers 12-3 on Tuesday night and snap a three-game losing streak.

“We did get something going, finally,” said New York manager Art Howe, whose team scored only six runs in three weekend losses to NL East leading Atlanta. “We just have to get the right people on and get the opportunities. Lately, we haven’t had people on to get the opportunity. Tonight, up and down the order, everybody got hits.”

Not that the Mets needed the offensive outburst. Leiter (8-3) limited Milwaukee to one run over seven innings, scattering seven hits and dropping his major league-leading ERA to 2.12.

He struck out seven and walked one intentionally. Since returning from the disabled list June 1, the 38-year-old left-hander is 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA in 12 starts.

“It’s satisfying to know that to put zeros on the board and have a low ERA you have to make good quality pitches,” Leiter said. “That’s been my mantra.”

Mike Cameron homered and drove in three runs, and Joe McEwing also had three RBIs for New York.

“It’s contagious,” McEwing said. “We had great team at-bats all night.”

Mets reliever Mike Stanton struck out four batters in the eighth, only the second time in franchise history the feat’s been accomplished.

Stanton struck out leadoff hitter Gary Bennett. Scott Podsednik then struck out on a wild pitch and reached first. Trent Durrington struck out for the second out, Geoff Jenkins walked and Wes Helms struck out for the last out of the inning.

Leiter held Milwaukee scoreless until Jenkins hit his 17th home run in the sixth.

“There’s nobody that has much success off him,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

Chris Capuano (5-6) matched Leiter the first four innings, but Cameron snapped a scoreless tie when he homered into the left-center field stands in the fifth for his 22nd of the season—and sixth in 10 games.

The Mets hit four of their eight doubles in the sixth, scoring five runs to break open the game.

Jose Reyes led off with a double, stole third and scored on Todd Zeile’s sacrifice fly. Mike Piazza doubled, Richard Hidalgo walked and Cliff Floyd doubled, scoring both runners to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.

Jeff Bennett relieved, Floyd went to third on a passed ball and Cameron hit a sacrifice fly to score Floyd from third and make it 5-0. David Wright doubled and scored on McEwing’s single to give the Mets a 6-0 lead.

Capuano went 5 1-3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six.

“That should have been a 2-1 ballgame after the sixth inning,” Capuano said. “I needed to make one pitch to Hidalgo and I just couldn’t do it. I feel pretty sick about it.”

McEwing hit an RBI single in the eighth to make it 7-1.

The Mets scored five times in the ninth on Vance Wilson’s RBI double, Hidalgo’s RBI single, Cameron’s run-scoring single, Wright’s RBI single and McEwing’s sacrifice fly.

Ben Grieve had a run-scoring groundout and Craig Counsell hit an RBI double off Mike DeJean in the ninth to make it 12-3.


Derek Wallace also struck out four in one inning for the Mets on Sept. 13, 1996, in the fourth inning against Atlanta. … Mets pitchers struck out 12 Milwaukee batters, a season high for New York in a nine-inning game. … Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Murphy, who covered the Mets from the team’s inception in 1962 until retiring after last season, died Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 79. … Lyle Overbay, who had started 81 consecutive games at first base for Milwaukee, was given the night off by manager Ned Yost. Wes Helms started in his place. … Jenkins has homered in three consecutive games. … The Miller Park roof was closed due to rain Tuesday night, but water leaked through onto about three rows of fans in front of the press box. The roof has been plagued by leaks in the past, but Tuesday’s troubles were far less severe than in past years. … Reyes has 13 steals, matching his total during last year’s rookie season.

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