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Five-Run Fourth Lifts Brewers Over Mets

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Nyker Morgan, Ruben Tejada (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Nyker Morgan, Ruben Tejada (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Jenrry Mejia insisted he wasn’t nervous. Yet
the young New York Mets starter had control problems while making
his first major-league start in two years.

Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer during a five-run fourth inning
to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-6 win over the Mets on
Saturday night.

Mejia (0-1) pitched three innings in his first major-league
start exactly two years after making his last start. He underwent
ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery in May 2011.

“Today (was) not my day,” Mejia said.

Daniel Murphy had a double and two singles for New York. Ike
Davis hit a two-run homer, his 27th, in the ninth for the Mets.

Mejia, who made his major-league debut in 2010 at the age of 20,
had control problems, walking five batters and throwing strikes in
just 32 of his 68 pitches. He gave up five runs on six hits and
five walks and was removed by manager Terry Collins after the first
four Brewers reached base in the fourth inning.

“Once the game starts, after the first inning, you hope he
settles down,” Collins said.

The Mets manager said Mejia was “pretty excited” but struggled
to control his pitches.

“His command was off,” he said. “That’s going to be something
we have to make sure is first and foremost. It’s tough to pitch up
here behind the count.”

Trailing 4-1 in the fourth the Brewers rallied for five runs to
win for the 19th time in 25 games and pull within 2 1-2 games of
St. Louis for the final NL Wild Card spot. The Mets lost for the
ninth time in 11 games.

Weeks struggled the first three months of the season, and didn’t
get his batting average permanently over .200 until July 25. He’s
been hot lately, batting .343 with seven home runs and 14 RBI in
his last 16 games to raise his average to .230.

Weeks’ homer capped the fourth inning and was his 20th of the
season. He also had a double, scored two runs and drove in three.

Reliever Brandon Kintzler (2-0) pitched a scoreless fifth to get
credit for the victory.

Daniel Murphy had a double and two singles for New York. Ike
Davis hit a two-run homer, his 27th, in the ninth for the Mets.
With the Mets leading 4-1, Mejia walked Nyjer Morgan to open the
fourth and Jean Segura reached on a bunt single. Pinch-hitter Logan
Schafer lined a triple down the right field line to score both
runners and bring the Brewers within 4-3.

Mejia then walked Aoki and was removed for Jeremy Hefner. The
right-hander’s second pitch to Weeks bounced in front of the plate
and got past catcher Kelly Shoppach for a wild pitch, scoring

Schafer from third to tie the score at 4-4.

Weeks then hit a 1-2 pitch that landed in the netting above the
Brewers bullpen, giving Milwaukee a 6-4 lead.

Notes: Mejia’s last major-league start was on Sept. 15, 2010
against Pittsburgh. He underwent surgery on May 16, 2011 and had
pitched in relief one other game this year. … Milwaukee 1B Corey
Hart missed his fifth consecutive game with a torn plantar fascia
in his left foot, but did some running and took swings in the
batting cages on Saturday. Roenicke said Hart could return on
Tuesday in Pittsburgh. … Aramis Ramirez dropped a foul popup in
the sixth for an error, snapping a streak of 42 errorless games.
… The Mets used eight pitchers and the Brewers used six.six.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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