Fiers, Lind lead Brewers over Mets
MILWAUKEE -- The Mets' losing streak reached six games Tuesday after left fielder Michael Cuddyer's seventh-inning error gave the Brewers the go-ahead run in Milwaukee's 3-2 win at Miller Park.
Cuddyer's misplay of Adam Lind's double helped the Brewers win for only the second time in 10 games. Lind had two hits and an RBI while relievers Jeremy Jeffress, Will Smith and Francisco Rodriguez preserved a victory for Brewers starter Mike Fiers after the right-hander limited the Mets to two runs and four hits in six innings.
"Nothing's going our way right now," Cuddyer said. "You compound that with trying to do everything right and trying so hard to come through in certain situations, it's not a good recipe. And it hasn't been a good recipe especially on this road trip."
Curtis Granderson homered in a losing effort for the Mets. Starter Jon Niese remained winless in eight starts since May 9 after allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings.
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Through the five-hole: Stuck in a tie game with a runner on first base and one out in the seventh, Lind doubled on a ball down the left-field line. That's where things grew interesting. The ball caromed off the wall where it juts back toward fair territory, bouncing directly between Cuddyer's legs as he rushed up to field it. That gave Carlos Gomez plenty of time to race around third with the go-ahead run.
"It happens," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of the play. "It's got that little place where [the hit] is either going to go down the line or kick right back out. Looks like he was trying to get there before it."
Brewers settle for one in sixth: Trailing by a run in the sixth inning, Milwaukee loaded the bases with nobody out against Niese, but managed only one run, on Jean Segura's sacrifice fly. Hernan Perez was out at third trying to advance on the play, and after a wild pitch put the go-ahead runner at third base, Jonathan Lucroy grounded out to third, part of an 0-for-5 night that included three outs with runners in scoring position.
"It's just a hard fake and stay there," Counsell said of what Perez should've done in that situation. "It's as simple as that."
Early lead: After Granderson tied things early for the Mets with a solo homer in the third inning, Kevin Plawecki converted Wilmer Flores' leadoff walk into a run with his sacrifice fly in the fourth. That gave the Mets a 2-1 lead, which they held until the sixth.
Collision course: Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera and Segura were briefly shaken-up, but remained in the game after colliding at first base on Segura's second-inning groundout. Segura batted with a runner at third and nobody out, but bounced out to first baseman Lucas Duda, with Herrera covering the bag. When Lucroy followed with another groundout, the inning was over.
"It was a good whack. Brought back good memories." -- former big league catcher Bob Uecker, who returned to the Brewers' broadcast booth Tuesday for the first time since suffering a minor concussion on June 13 when he was struck in the head by a baseball during batting practice.
Play momentarily paused in the sixth inning, when Niese took a Fiers line drive off the back of his right leg. Though the Mets pitcher said he's planning for a big bruise and plenty of soreness, he does not expect to miss any time.
Mets: Bartolo Colon's ERA has risen steadily throughout the season, currently standing near its highest point of the year at 4.81. He'll look to buck that trend in Wednesday's 8:10 p.m. ET game against the Brewers at Miller Park.
Brewers: Starter Jimmy Nelson has allowed a career-high hit total in consecutive games, including 11 hits in only five innings of a loss to the Royals on Thursday. The Brewers are just 4-10 when he takes the mound. His first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT.
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