Mets 11, Brewers 6

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—David Wright gave Victor Zambrano plenty of offensive support in his first start with the New York Mets.

Wright homered and drove in six runs, helping Zambrano win his Mets debut Thursday in an 11-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

“Some guys go a career without (six RBIs),” New York manager Art Howe said. “He was Johnny on the spot.”

Wright, who entered with only four career RBIs, hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a three-run double in the fourth as New York completed a three-game sweep. The highly touted third baseman finished one short of the team record for RBIs by a rookie, set by Jeromy Burnitz on Aug. 5, 1993, against Montreal.

The Mets sent prized pitching prospect Scott Kazmir to Tampa Bay on July 30 in a trade for Zambrano (1-0), who was 9-7 with the Devil Rays and 0-3 in his last four starts.

The right-hander won for just the third time on the road this season despite allowing six runs—four earned—and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three in his first win since July 3 at Florida.

“He was very solid,” Howe said. “Once he got through the first inning, he was in command.”

Pedro Feliciano, Ricky Bottalico and John Franco combined for 3 2-3 innings of scoreless relief.

Milwaukee starter Victor Santos (9-7) lasted just 3 2-3 innings. The right-hander, who lost his fourth start in a row, gave up nine runs, six earned, and six hits.

“Today, he wasn’t very good,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “Those other three games, we didn’t score runs for him.”

It didn’t matter who was pitching to Wright, who was called up from Triple-A Norfolk on July 21.

After Mike Cameron’s two-run double in the first, Wright hit a long three-run homer, his third of the season. Vance Wilson followed with solo shot to give New York a 6-0 lead.

“It was a good at-bat,” Wright said. “I was down in the count and battled. It was a breaking ball. I relaxed and it felt good.”

In the fourth, Richard Hidalgo hit a run-scoring single to chase Santos. Two batters later, Wright’s three-run double gave New York a 10-3 lead.

Wright also doubled in the sixth inning and scored on Wilson’s single.

In his last four games, Wright is 7-for-17 with two homers, five runs, eight RBIs and three doubles.

Gary Bennett had a two-run single in the first and Geoff Jenkins a three-run double in the sixth for Milwaukee.

The Brewers finished 3-7 on their homestand and are a season-low five games under .500.

“It was ugly,” Yost said. “There’s no getting around it. Today was definitely not one of our better days.”

Notes

The only other time in major league history that both starting pitchers were named Victor was in 1931 when Vic Frasier of the White Sox and Vic Sorrell of the Tigers met three times, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … The teams combined for nine runs and seven hits in the first inning. … The Mets hit back-to-back homers for the sixth time this season and first since July 18 against Philadelphia. … New York swept Milwaukee for the first time since April 26-28, 2002, at Shea Stadium. The last time the Mets swept the Brewers on the road was Aug. 2-4, 1999, at County Stadium. … Santos is 2-6 in 10 starts at Miller Park. … New York’s Jose Parra was to begin his rehabilitation assignment Thursday night with Double-A Binghamton. … The Mets have 16 home runs in their last 10 games.

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