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The Milwaukee Brewers seem to enjoy facing the New York Mets on the road.

Having Carlos Gomez back may keep it that way.

Gomez is scheduled to return from his suspension Friday night when the Brewers attempt to continue their success at Citi Field.

Milwaukee (72-87) has won eight of nine visits to Flushing after taking the opener of this four-game set 4-2 on Thursday.

The Brewers won despite being without Gomez, who was serving a one-game suspension for inciting a benches-clearing brawl with Atlanta in Wednesday's 4-0 victory.

The center fielder is expected back in the lineup, and that should provide a lift. He leads Milwaukee with a career-high 23 homers and his 71 RBIs are a personal best.

That power and production has been on display over the past nine games. He's only 7 for 32 (.219) in that stretch, but has four homers, a double, triple and eight RBIs.

Milwaukee looks to win for the fifth time in six games overall as it sends Yovani Gallardo (11-10, 4.23 ERA) to the mound.

The right-hander has been impressive since returning from a strained left hamstring, going 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in seven starts.

He had been 2-3 with a 7.22 ERA over his previous seven outings.

Gallardo's season ERA is his highest in seven years in the majors, while his 138 strikeouts follow four straight seasons of at least 200.

"You want to finish off the year strong and end on a positive note," Gallardo told the team's official website. "Ever since I came off the DL, things have been falling into place."

Gallardo's latest effort was wasted in Saturday's 7-2 loss to St. Louis as he yielded two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

He earned a 7-6 home win over the Mets (73-86) on July 6, allowing four runs in six innings.

Gallardo has had little trouble with David Wright, limiting him to 3 for 19 with a homer.

Wright left the series opener after he was hit in the head by a changeup from Johnny Hellweg in the third inning. The All-Star third baseman is 6 for 15 with two homers and three RBIs in five games after returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for 46.

"I feel pretty good. I passed all the concussion tests," Wright said. "I went through that protocol. It seems like it's good."

Eric Young Jr. is looking to move into sole possession of the NL lead in stolen bases after getting two Thursday to tie Milwaukee's Jean Segura at 44.

Young has swiped five bases over the past seven games, while Segura has been sidelined for eight with a hamstring strain.

Getting the ball for the Mets will be Carlos Torres (4-5, 3.36), who probably shouldn't expect much offensive support.

New York has averaged 2.6 runs and batted .210 over its last 19 games.

Torres, though, didn't need much help in Sunday's 4-3 win at Philadelphia. He allowed two runs with six strikeouts over six innings to outpitch Cliff Lee.

He had been 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA while giving up five homers over the previous three games - two starts.

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