After being swept by both the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants, the New York Mets snapped their six game losing streak Tuesday night with a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at their Citi Field home.
Newly promoted from the Mets AAA Las Vegas catcher Taylor Teagarden was the star of the game. In his first game for the Mets the journeyman catcher hit a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the sixth. Veteran Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up the win for the Mets improving to 3-0. He pitched six innings allowing just one run, on three hits, walking three batters while striking out five. Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada took the loss dropping to 5-3. Estrada allowed six runs on four hits, walking four batters.
Both teams failed to score in the first two innings and the Brewers did not bring home a run in the top of the third. Centerfielder Matt den Dekker led off the bottom of the third by flying out to center. Daisuke Matsuzaka then struck out looking for the second out. Shortstop Ruben Tejada followed with a walk. The next batter was second baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy then lined a shot over the fence in right field for a home run, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead. Third baseman David Wright flied out to right to end the inning.
Leading off the top of the fourth inning third baseman Aramis Ramirez popped out to short for the first out. Left fielder Khris Davis was hit with a pitch from Matsuzaka and was awarded first base. The next batter was first baseman Lyle Overbay who grounded a ball past a diving Lucas Duda at first, and the ball rolled all the way to the wall in right field. Davis scored to cut the Mets lead to 2-1 while Overbay held up at second with a double. Shortstop Jean Segura grounded a ball to short. Ruben Tejada threw to Wright to force Overbay out at third for the second out. Segura was safe at first. Marco Estrada then grounded to short to retire the side. The Mets were retired in order in the bottom of the fourth while neither team scored in the fifth inning.
In the top of the sixth, Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez lined a shot up the middle. The ball hit off Daisuke Matsuzaka’s backside and slowly rolled towards third. Dice-K grabbed the ball and threw to first to just barely get the speedy Gomez. The Mets staff came out to check on the veteran, but Matsuzaka laughed them off indicating he was fine. Ramirez then flied out to center and Khris Davis flied out to right in foul ground to retire the side.
Daniel Murphy flied to left to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Marco Estrada then issued back-to-back walks to David Wright and right fielder Curtis Granderson. Left fielder Chris Young struck out swinging for the second out. Lucas Duda followed with a walk to load the bases. Taylor Teagarden then hit a pitch down the right field line. The ball hit the top of the wall and trickled over into the seats for a grand slam to extend the Mets lead to 6-1. Matt den Dekker flied out to center ending the sixth inning. The Brewers did not score in the top of the seventh.
Leading off the bottom of the seventh Andrew Brown hit a lazy fly ball to left for the first out. Ruben Tejada then ripped a double to left. Murphy followed with a walk, but Wright flied out to right and Granderson grounded out to first to end the inning.
Mets hard throwing righty reliever Jeurys Familia came in to pitch the top of the eighth, after Vic Black tossed a scoreless seventh in relief of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Second baseman Scooter Gennett singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Star right fielder Ryan Braun then struck out looking for the first out. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was hit by a pitch, then Carlos Gomez ripped a double into the gap in right center scoring Gennett to cut the Mets lead to 6-2. Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis each then struck out swinging and the side was retired. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the eighth and the Brewers were retired in order in the top of the ninth to end the game.
After the game the Mets announced that lefty reliever Scott Rice was optioned to AAA Las Vegas while reliever Gonzalez Germen was recalled from the 15-Day disabled list. The two teams return to action tomorrow night when rookie starter Jacob deGrom takes the hill for the Mets opposing Willy Peralta for the Brewers.