NEW YORK -- Before Tuesday night's game, New York Mets manager Terry Collins said his starter, Dillon Gee, was a much better pitcher when he threw strikes and didn't fall behind in the count.
But Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Travis Ishikawa had no problem with Gee throwing first-pitch strikes. He homered on the first pitch from Gee in the fifth and sixth innings to help Milwaukee's offense bust out in a 8-0 victory.
Ishikawa had three hits and drove in a career-high five runs while producing his first multi-homer game on a rainy night at Citi Field.
Rickie Weeks returned to the lineup after a three-game absence and snapped a 0-for-21 string with a homer to left in the seventh. Brewers starter Zack Greinke (4-1) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven, for the victory.
Gee (2-3) took the loss after coughing up seven runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had said his team (16-20) needed to get on track at the plate to shake off its slow start to the season.
"Even when they're not doing well, you've got to have some kind of confidence to get you through it," he said.
Ishikawa provided plenty of confidence boosts, following up his fifth-inning homer with a three-run shot to left-center the next inning, to make it 7-0.
Weeks, who had missed the past three starts after getting hit by a pitch on the left hand, added another run on a homer in the seventh.
"The biggest thing is we need Rickie to swing the bat for our offense," Roenicke said before the game.
After allowing Weeks' home run, Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco hit Ryan Braun in the biceps with his next pitch. Carrasco was immediately ejected by home-plate umpire Gary Darling, while Braun jawed at him a bit as he walked down to first.
Ishikawa's solo home run to right in the fifth gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
Milwaukee had built a 2-0 lead in the second off of Gee. Aramis Ramirez led off with a walk and Jonathan Lucroy doubled one out later to put runners on second and third.
Ishikawa scored one run with an RBI groundout to first, and Cesar Izturis followed with a single to right to make it 2-0.
Greinke held eight Mets hitless through the first four innings, allowing only a single and double by David Wright. He faced one over the minimum through five, with some help from his defense. Greinke got out of the fourth on a strikeout-throw-out double play when Wright was caught stealing.
Daniel Murphy led off the fifth with a bloop single, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. But Ike Davis lined into a double play, and Ronny Cedeno grounded out.
NOTES: Mets 3B Wright said he hasn't discussed with his agents whether he would have contract extension talks with the Mets during the season. Wright is under contract through this year with a team option for next season. "Honest to goodness, I haven't thought about it," Wright told reporters. ... Catcher Josh Thole said he hopes to begin baseball activities soon, as he has been symptom-free since sustaining a concussion last week against the Phillies. Manager Terry Collins said Thole will likely need a minor-league rehab stint before returning. ... Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks returned to the lineup after missing three straight starts. Weeks, who was hit by a pitch on his left hand Friday night, was the No. 2 hitter. Manager Ron Roenicke said Weeks, who entered the game hitting .157, was more comfortable there and he was trying to help him get on track. ... CF Carlos Gomez (right hamstring strain) is expected to return from the disabled list Sunday, Roenicke said.