Mets' bats kept in check, win streak ends at 9
Harvey gives up four runs in five innings as New York suffers 2nd loss of year
NEW YORK -- The Mets finally went quiet on Saturday night.
After more than a week of nothing but comebacks, clutch pitching and wins, the Mets didn't have any of that and fell to the Brewers 5-1 before 40,965 at Citi Field. The defeat ended a nine-game winning streak that had propelled the Mets to a franchise-best 11-1 start. New York still has the best record in the National League.
Matt Harvey surrendered too much of the long ball, a three-run homer by Jonathan Villar in the second and a solo shot by Jett Bandy in the fourth. He allowed the four runs over five innings on eight hits and a walk while striking out six.
"I just have to be better than that," Harvey said. "We had a good streak going and I needed to go out and be better, and that loss is on me completely -- too many hits, too many runs."
Harvey might want to take the blame, but it isn't all at his feet. The Mets didn't manage a hit until Amed Rosario's infield single with two out in the fifth and they recorded only three for the game against Brewers starter Chase Anderson and two relievers. Only two Mets managed to get into scoring position.
Villar's homer stayed just inside the foul pole down the left-field line and Harvey's exasperation afterward was hard to miss.
"Off the bat I thought it was foul but then after I looked up it was hooking down the line," Harvey said. "It's frustrating."
Mets manager Mickey Callaway was also stunned by the homer.
"It kind of looked weird. It was kind of a late swing and he got the barrel on it and hit it to the right part of the field," Callaway said. "We were all kind of, 'Whoa -- what just happened?'"
Harvey opened his season with five scoreless innings on April 2 against the Phillies, but has followed that with two in which he allowed four runs in five innings. Still Callaway liked what he saw out of Harvey for the most part.
"He's got good stuff -- the strikeouts are there," Callaway said. "Tonight he didn't attack as well as I'd seen him. ... I didn't see that conviction we always talk about."
Paul Sewald pitched three no-hit innings of relief, but the Mets trimmed only one run off the margin.
In the sixth against Anderson, Michael Conforto scored the lone Mets run. He was hit by a pitch on the underside of the left forearm with one out, took second on a ground out to the right side and scored on Yoenis Cespedes' flare single to right field. The Mets' only hit in the final three frames was a one-out Todd Frazier single in the seventh, but he was erased immediately on Rosario's double-play ground out.
"[Anderson] just stayed out of the middle of the plate, didn't make mistakes, stayed ahead and missed barrels all night," Jay Bruce said. "I think our lineup is great. We have a deep, professional lineup that takes quality at-bats. I don't think there's an easy out. I think we'll continue to show that this season."
Hansel Robles gave up Orlando Arcia's solo home run in the ninth.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The big blow of the game was Villar's three-run home run in the second inning. It turns out that it was a pretty good piece of hitting because Harvey couldn't have done much more with the pitch, a 93 mph fastball that was low and outside that Villar had to go down and get. It sneaked inside the left field foul pole.
"We called a fastball away," Harvey said. "I thought I executed it pretty well and it just wasn't good enough."
Harvey recorded his 600th strikeout when he fanned Eric Thames in the first inning. He is one of only 15 Mets to hit that mark.
HE SAID IT
"It never feels good to lose, but I think we are playing the game the right way." -- Callaway, on what it was like to experience loss after winning nine straight dating back to the first day of April.
Several Mets have done well against Milwaukee's Jhoulys Chacin and will be looking to continue the trend when they face the Brewers in a 1:10 p.m. ET game Sunday at Citi Field. Three players have more than 10 plate appearances and an OPS above .950 against the righty: Wilmer Flores (1.225), Conforto (1.155) and Adrian Gonzalez (.953). The Mets start Noah Syndergaard, who is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts against Milwaukee.