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-- The Milwaukee Brewers have won eight-of-their-last-nine road games, after sweeping the Mets for three in New York. The Brewers won 6-2 yesterday.
NEW YORK - The Milwaukee Brewers have won eight-of-their-last-nine road games, after sweeping the Mets for three in New York. The Brewers won 6-2 yesterday.
And they maintained their eight-and-a-half game division lead over second-place Saint Louis in the National League Central. That’s after the Cardinals kept pace with a 6-2 win over the Cubs in Chicago last night. Milwaukee broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning on a botched double-play grounder by Prince Fielder. Mets' second baseman Justin Turner made a bad throw to the second base bag for what would have been the first out. Nyjer Morgan scored on the play, and Fielder got his second RBI of the day. He now has 98 on the season, tied with the Yankees’ Curtis Granderson for the Major League RBI lead. Casey McGehee hit a solo homer for the Brewers. Ryan Braun went 3-for-5 with a double, two stolen bases, two runs scored, and a run driven in. And Craig Counsell singled-and-scored as a pinch-hitter on his 41st birthday. The Mets' only scoring was a two-run shot by Lucas Duda. It came off Yovani Gallardo, who struck out six in seven innings to improve to 14-8. Manny Acosta took the loss in relief. He's 1-1.
The Mets fell to six games below .500 for the first time since May fourth. The Brewers are 22-3 since July 24th. And Milwaukee’s magic number is 27 to win its first division title since 1982. Any combination of Brewer wins and Cardinal losses will bring that number down. The Brewers will play a double-header at Pittsburgh starting at four this afternoon. Left-hander Chris Narveson will start the opener for Milwaukee, and right-hander Zack Greinke goes in the night-cap. The Pirates are expected to go with right-handers Jeff Karstens in Game-One and Brad Lincoln in Game-Two.
Brewers’ infielder Felipe Lopez was designated for assignment yesterday, after his batting average dropped to .182 since Milwaukee acquired him on July 28th. Lopez was expected to be the main fill-in for Rickie Weeks, who’s still out with an ankle injury. But the Brewers needed to make room on their roster for Chris Narveson, who returns from an injured thumb tonight to pitch the first game of a double-header at Pittsburgh. Also, manager Ron Roenicke said he has three other players who can fill in at second – including Jerry Hairston Junior, whom the Brewers acquired from Washington just before last month’s trade deadline. The others are utility players Josh Wilson and Craig Counsell.