By HOWIE RUMBERG AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Zack Greinke overcame his road woes and ran his
scoreless streak to 15 innings, Travis Ishikawa homered twice and
drove in a career-high five runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat
the New York Mets 8-0 Tuesday night for a split of the two-game
Greinke (4-1) pitched five-hit ball for seven dominant innings.
He pitched eight innings in his start last Wednesday but
Milwaukee’s bullpen was beaten by the Reds.
Ishikawa led off the fifth with his third homer of the year and
connected for a three-run shot in the sixth, both drives coming on
the first pitch of the at-bat against Dillon Gee (2-3). He also had
a run-scoring groundout in the second inning as fog started rolling
in, a misty haze that hung over the outfield for the remainder of
Rickie Weeks homered to deep left in the seventh inning,
snapping an 0-for-21 skid. Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco hit NL MVP
Ryan Braun on the next pitch and was immediately ejected by plate
umpire Gary Darling.
Mets manager Terry Collins pinch hit for David Wright leading
off the bottom half. Wright had two of the Mets’ hits off Greinke,
a double and a broken-bat single in the fourth inning _ a shard of
wood whirling past Greinke.
Tim Dillard worked the eighth and John Axford gave up a hit in
the ninth while finishing the six-hitter. It was Axford’s first
appearance since his string of 49 straight saves ended Friday night
and he left a note of apology to the media in the clubhouse when he
went to be with his wife, who was in labor.
The Mets had a chance to move six games over .500 for the first
time since July 18, 2010, but managed little against Greinke.
The Mets struck out seven times and did not make an out to the
outfield against Greinke. Only Wright and pinch-hitter Mike Baxter,
who doubled to left in the sixth, reached second.
Greinke came in 30-46 away from home _ he is 80-74 overall. His
only poor start this season came at the Chicago Cubs, when he gave
up eight runs.
The Brewers gave Greinke an early lead on Ishikawa’s groundout
and Cesar Izturis’ RBI single. Ishikawa homered off the “Wise
Snacks” sign above the New York bullpen in right-center on the
first pitch of the fifth inning.
Braun and Aramis Ramirez singled off Gee to start the sixth.
Jonathan Lucroy had a one-out RBI single before Ishikawa hit
another long ball for the first multihomer game of his career.
Ishikawa added a third hit in the eighth, an infield single.
Weeks returned to the Brewers’ starting lineup after being
limited to one pinch-hit at-bat in three games because of a bruised
hand. He struck out twice and grounded to shortstop before getting
his first hit since May 6.
Gee was very upset after giving up 10 hits and four runs in 5
2-3 innings in his previous start. This one was worse. He matched a
season high by allowing seven runs and yielded eight hits in 5 1-3
innings. Gee has not won in three starts.
NOTES: Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (strained left hamstring) is set
to begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Wisconsin on Wednesday.
Manager Ron Roenicke said he should be back Sunday. … Major
League Baseball will officially name the Mets host of the 2013
All-Star game at Citi Field with a ceremony at City Hall on
Wednesday morning. … Mets 2B Daniel Murphy singled in the fifth
to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.
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