MILWAUKEE – The Mets bullpen did it again.
After Zack Wheeler was able to grind through a tough six innings and hand a lead off to the bullpen, the ‘pen gave up four runs in the seventh and the Brewers beat the Mets 8-7 at Miller Park Sunday.
The Mets (26-23) have lost three straight. The Brewers (34-20) took this series and the season series against the Mets.
Robert Gsellman struggled with home-plate umpire Rob Drake’s tight strike zone Sunday, he gave up a two-out walk to Jesus Aguilar with a one on. Mickey Callaway pulled him for lefty-specialist Jerry Blevins to face Travis Shaw, who singled in a run. Callaway yanked Blevins for Paul Sewald, who gave up three more runs on back-to-back doubles to Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar before getting out of the inning.
The Mets lineup had twice battled back for the lead. They scored four in the second highlighted by Wheeler’s two-run single to go ahead 4-1. After Wheeler gave up three in the fourth, the Mets came back again to take the lead in the fifth with Michael Conforto, who hit a ground-rule double, scoring on Jay Bruce’s single.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s eighth homer of the season gave the Mets the 6-4 lead the bullpen could not hold.
Devin Mesoraco, pinch hitting for Tomas Nido, homered off Brewers closer Corey Knebel to lead off the final frame and Amed Rosario drew a rare walk to threaten in the ninth.
Wheeler got through six, a surprise after he struggled early. After giving up three straight hits to lead off the first, he escaped with just one run scored against him. He was in trouble again in the third, giving up a three-run bomb to Jesus Aguilar.
But after Jason Vargas went just three innings Saturday, Wheeler was able to shut the Brewers down for three more innings.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Brewers shortstop Eric Sogard dove into the stands to get Wilmer Flores’ foul ball in the Mets’ four-run second inning.
Travis Shaw’s RBI-single off Jerry Blevins started the Brewers’ four-run rally in the 7th.
STAR OF THE GAME
Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar drove in four runs Sunday.
STAT OF THE DAY
The Mets begin their eight-game, seven-day road trip 1-3
Asdrubal Cabrera, who left Saturday’s blow-out loss early after tweaking his knee, continued to be the Mets most consistent offensive performer with his eighth home run of the season Sunday.
Jerry Blevins has struggled against lefties, who are hitting .296 against him this year.