MILWAUKEE — The ball went all the way to the backstop and was lost in the celebration. AJ Ramos couldn’t find the strike zone Friday night, walking back-to-back batters in the bottom of the 10th inning to force in the winning run in the Brewers’ 4-3 win over the Mets.
Eric Sogard lined a one-out single off Robert Gsellman to left to start the Brewers rally against the Mets bullpen in the bottom of the 10th. Jerry Blevins, brought in to face Christian Yelich, gave up a long single to the former Marlins outfielder to advance the winning run to third.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway turned to Ramos, who has struggled with control all season, to face righty-hitting pinch hitter Hernan Perez. He walked Perez and then had to face Travis Shaw, who had homered and singled in a run earlier. Ramos threw one strike and threw the fourth ball, which signaled the Brewers’ walkoff win.
It was the third loss in the last five games for the Mets (25-22) and the fourth walkoff win for the Brewers (32-20) this season.
That ruined what had been a dramatic comeback by the Mets in the ninth inning against one of the best bullpens in baseball. Less than a week after they signed Jose Bautista, the veteran hitter drilled an RBI-single with the Mets down to their final out.
His run scored Michael Conforto, who had homered earlier in the game, from second base. Conforto worked a walk off Brewers’ closer Corey Knebel with two outs. Devin Mesoraco followed with a walk, setting up Bautista’s big single to tie it at 3-3.
Noah Syndergaard had something of a personal comeback of his own Friday after two rocky innings early. With little control of his fastball, he got hit hard early on, but adjusted to his curveball and slider to get through six innings.
Shaw homered off Syndergaard in the second inning and Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich hit back to back, one-out singles off him in the third. They both took advantage of Syndergaard’s struggles holding runners. Cain stole second and scored on a single by Yelich, who also stole second.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Brandon Nimmo robbed Christian Yelich of a hit in the first, running 50 feet and diving to catch Yelich’s line drive. The Statcast probability on the catch was 18%.
AJ Ramos’ back-to-back walks in the 10th inning cost the Mets the game.
STAR OF THE GAME
Amed Rosario, who snapped a 200-plate appearance drought without a home run earlier this week, hit his third of the season Friday. He has now hit three within 16 at-bats.
STAT OF THE GAME
18. With Travis Shaw’s second-inning home run Friday, the Mets starters’ collective scoreless streak was snapped at 18 straight innings.
Seth Lugo pitched two scoreless innings to extend his scoreless streak to 17 straight dating back to May 1.
AJ Ramos has walked 14 batters in 19 innings pitched this season.