MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun hit two home runs, Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot and Wily Peralta threw eight scoreless innings Sunday as the Brewers beat the Mets 3-0 at Miller Park.
Making just his third major league start, Peralta (2-0) allowed just two hits and recorded five strikeouts to improve to 2-0 on the season.He also doubled in the seventh for his first major league hit.
Peralta is considered a leading candidate to make the Milwaukee rotation next season and showed why early, retiring 15 of his first 16 batters. He struck out the heart of the Mets' order -- Daniel Wright, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda -- to close out the first and open the second inning, and the only hits allowed were two singles by Josh Thole and Andres Torres.
He started to show fatigue in the eighth, allowing a one-out walk, his first of the game, to Thole, which drew a mound visit from pitching coach Rick Kranitz. Peralta worked out of it, though, as Torres flew out to center and pinch hitter Scott Hairston lined out to third. Peralta faced just three over the minimum, retiring 24 of 27 batters faced and left to a standing ovation from the crowd of 38,677.
John Axford worked a scoreless ninth, issuing a one-out walk to Daniel Murphy before getting Wright on a called third strike and Davis to pop out to Ramirez in foul territory to convert his 11th consecutive save opportunity and 29th of the season.
New York's Chris Young pitched well, allowing eight hits, striking out two and allowing just one walk in 6 2/3 innings. Young's effort, however, was spoiled by three Milwaukee home runs -- Braun's two and another by Ramirez.
NOTES: Peralta's five strikeouts increased the Brewers' season total to 1,261, surpassing the franchise record of 1,258 set in 2010 ... Braun's two home runs gave him 201 for his career, moving him into a tie for fifth on the Brewers' all-time list with Cecil Cooper ... New York manager Terry Collins has yet to decide on a starter for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia. He'd like to get both Collin McHugh and Jeremy Hefner another start this season and both are candidates for the spot ... The victory moved Milwaukee within two games of the Cardinals and Dodgers for the final National League Wild Card spot.