*Perez looks to help Mets to series win over Brewers*
Milwaukee (7-4) at Ny Mets (5-5) 1:10 pm EDT
FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Oliver Perez looks to continue
his strong start to the season and help the New York Mets take
the rubber game of a three-game series with the Milwaukee
Brewers on Sunday.
New York had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 5-3
loss on Saturday, as ace Johan Santana was rocked for five runs
and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
The Mets will look to bounce back behind Perez (1-0, 0.00 ERA),
who won a career-best 15 games last season and has yet to give
up a run or an extra-base hit in 11 2/3 innings this season.
Perez allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings, but did not factor
into the decision in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Milwaukee will counter with righthander Jeff Suppan (1-0, 2.03),
who allowed one run and six hits in seven innings but did not
receive a decision in a 3-2 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday.
The New York will be missing shortstop Jose Reyes again, who
injured his left hamstring Friday.
*Kapler powers Brewers past Mets*
MILWAUKEE 9, NY METS 7
By Doug Mittler PA
SportsTicker Contributing Writer
FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) - Some soft hands and a few hard-hit
balls helped the Milwaukee Brewers win their first two road
series of the season for the first time in 13 years.
The Brewers tied a club record by turning five double plays and
Rickie Weeks and Gabe Kapler each homered for the second
straight day in a 9-7 victory over the New York Mets.
Corey Hart tied a career high with four hits for the Brewers,
who won the rubber game of the three-game series. Milwaukee
last turned five double plays on June 9, 2004 against the
"We made some crunch-time plays defensively that were very
beneficial to our business," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
"We've been playing good defensively all year long."
Neither starting pitcher, Milwaukee's Jeff Suppan and New York's
Oliver Perez, could find their groove and it was the Brewers
who ultimately survived the slugfest that featured 25 hits and
Brian Schneider drove in three runs and David Wright homered for
the Mets, who squandered a 6-2 lead after three innings and hit
into double plays every inning from the fourth through eighth.
"That's just one of those games," Schneider said . "We had our
chances to score. We just couldn't get that hit. It hurts
because we had a lead and we had a chance to come back."
The last time the Mets hit into five or more double plays was
six against San Francisco in a 12-inning game on August 26,
Salomon Torres (2-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings
and former Met Guillermo Mota made it interesting in the eighth.
After Luis Castillo hit into a double play, Mota walked two
batters to load the bases before Carlos Delgado flied out to
right field. It was a satisfying performance for Mota, who was
booed loudly when he entered the game.
"The phone rings and I go out there," Mota said.
Eric Gagne worked the ninth for his third save and second in as
many days. The Brewers, who won two of three in Chicago to open
the season, last won their first two road series in 1995.
Kapler hit a two-run-homer in the first and had an RBI single in
the seventh. It was the fourth homer for Kapler, who is back in
the major leagues after announcing his retirement and managing
in the Red Sox's minor league system last season.
"Today was a good day and I'm grateful for it," Kapler said.
"I'm not trying to label what's going on. I'm just enjoying
The Brewers scored twice off Jorge Sosa (1-1) in the sixth to
take the lead for good. Weeks, who scored three times, homered
to lead off the inning and Hart drove in a run with his fourth
single of the game. Weeks reached on an error by first baseman
Delgado in the seventh and later scored on a double to right
field by Kapler to make it 9-6.
Suppan labored through four innings, allowing six runs and nine
Perez, who had not allowed a run in his first 11 2/3 innings
this season, was no better for the Mets, surrendering six runs and
eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"You don't want to have a lot of days like this," Perez said.
The Mets jumped on Suppan for six runs in the first three
Wright hit his second homer in as many games and 100th of his
career in the bottom of the first. The Mets took a 3-2 lead in
the second on an RBI groundout by Damion Easley and a
run-scoring single by Schneider past a drawn-in infield.
Suppan's troubles continued in the third when Luis Castillo
blooped a double to left field to snap an 0-for-15 slump and
scored on a single by Carlos Beltran. Schneider later lined a
two-run single to make it 6-2.
The Brewers scored four runs off Perez in the fourth on two-run
singles by Jason Kendall and Ryan Braun, tying the game at 6-6.
Easley had an RBI single in the seventh off Brian Shouse, who
then got Schneider to ground into a double play.
|Hart, C, RF||5||1||4||1||0||0||0||.295
a-Popped out for Suppan in the 5th. b-Lined out for Torres in the 7th. c-Flied out for Mota in the 9th.
2B: Kapler 2 (2, Perez, Smith).
HR: Kapler (4, 1st inning off Perez, 1 on, 0 out), Weeks (3, 6th inning off Sosa, Jo, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Weeks 4; Kapler 8; Braun; Hart, C 4; Hardy; Kendall.
RBI: Kapler 3 (11), Kendall 2 (7), Braun 2 (9), Weeks (4), Hart, C (5).
2-out RBI: Braun 2; Hart, C; Kapler.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kapler 2; Fielder; Kendall; Hardy; Braun.
Team LOB: 10.
SB: Weeks (4, 2nd base off Smith/Schneider).
DP: 5 (Fielder, Weeks-Hardy-Fielder 2, Torres-Hardy-Fielder, Fielder-Kendall).
|Sosa, Jo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000
|Feliciano, P, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000
a-Grounded into a double play for Sosa, Jo in the 6th. b-Struck out for Heilman in the 9th.
2B: Church (1, Suppan), Castillo (1, Suppan), Pagan (5, Suppan).
HR: Wright (3, 1st inning off Suppan, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Pagan 3; Castillo 3; Wright 4; Beltran; Church 3; Easley 2; Schneider 3; Clark.
RBI: Wright (10), Easley 2 (4), Schneider 3 (6), Beltran (3).
2-out RBI: Wright; Schneider 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pagan; Perez; Wright; Delgado 2.
GIDP: Church; Chavez; Schneider.
Team LOB: 10.
SB: Clark (1, 2nd base off Mota/Kendall).
E: Delgado (2, missed catch).
|Torres (W, 2-0)||2.0||1||0||0||3||0||0||2.89
|Shouse (H, 3)||1.0||2||1||1||1||0||0||2.08
|Mota (H, 3)||1.0||2||0||0||2||0||0||2.45
|Gagne (S, 3)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||7.20
WP: Mota, Perez, Sosa, Jo 2.
IBB: Church (by Suppan), Fielder (by Sosa, Jo).
HBP: Weeks (by Perez), Kendall (by Heilman).
Pitches-strikes: Suppan 79-45, Torres 33-15, Shouse 20-11, Mota 27-12, Gagne 15-10, Perez 99-59, Sosa, Jo 39-20, Schoeneweis 2-2, Smith 17-11, Feliciano, P 4-3, Heilman 16-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Suppan 7-2, Torres 5-1, Shouse 3-0, Mota 1-1, Gagne 1-1, Perez 3-6, Sosa, Jo 0-4, Schoeneweis 0-1, Smith 1-0, Feliciano, P 0-0, Heilman 1-3.
Batters faced: Suppan 22, Torres 8, Shouse 5, Mota 6, Gagne 3, Perez 25, Sosa, Jo 9, Schoeneweis 1, Smith 4, Feliciano, P 1, Heilman 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Sosa, Jo 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jim Wolf. 1B: Ed Montague. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Phil Cuzzi.
Weather: 55 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, Out to RF.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner