Anderson breezes as Brewers stop Mets’ winning streak, 5-1
Chase Anderson breezed into the seventh inning, Jonathan Villar sliced a three-run homer inside the foul pole and the Milwaukee Brewers stopped the New York Mets’ nine-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory Saturday night.
Jett Bandy also went deep against Matt Harvey on a windy Fireworks Night at Citi Field as Milwaukee finally cooled off the Mets and improved to 6-2 away from home. Slumping shortstop Orlando Arcia came off the bench and homered in the ninth inning.
About the only bit of bad news for the banged-up Brewers was another injury: Ryan Braun was removed in the fifth inning with back tightness.
The only offense the Mets (11-2) could muster came on a bloop RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes off Anderson (1-1), who allowed just two hits in 6 1/3 innings. The first was Amed Rosario’s single up the middle on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the fifth.
Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader finished the three-hitter. Hader retired all six batters he faced, striking out the first five, for his first major league save.
Harvey (0-1) gave up a leadoff double to Travis Shaw in the second and walked Domingo Santana. One out later, Villar curled an opposite-field drive just inside the left-field foul pole.
Bandy, subbing for injured catcher Manny Pina, homered to left in the fourth.
Harvey was charged with four runs and eight hits in five innings. He threw 95 pitches and has gone 11 consecutive starts without getting an out in the sixth, the longest current streak in the majors.
Brewers: After stealing second base in the fifth, Braun was replaced in left field by Hernan Perez. … OF Christian Yelich (right oblique) took 70 swings indoors and played catch, but there’s no target date yet for his return from the disabled list. Yelich had hoped to be activated Sunday, the first day he becomes eligible, but that won’t happen. “We want to get a little closer to 100 percent,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We’ve got to have a couple good days in a row.” … Pina sat out his third consecutive game with right calf tightness and probably won’t play Sunday. Pina was set to run the bases during batting practice. … Santana and CF Lorenzo Cain both started after their legs collided on a play in the outfield Friday night. Counsell said Santana just has a bruise on his knee. “I’m not worried about it,” the manager explained. … As planned, Eric Sogard started at shortstop instead of Arcia because Counsell wanted his left-handed hitters in the lineup against Harvey. Arcia entered in the eighth as part of a double switch.
Brewers: With rain in the chilly forecast Sunday afternoon, RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 6.59 ERA) is scheduled to make his fourth start for Milwaukee in the series finale. Opponents are hitting .333 with three homers against Chacin, who signed a $15.5 million, two-year contract after going 13-10 with a 3.89 ERA for San Diego last season. He is 2-5 with a 6.10 ERA against the Mets, including an 8.38 mark in five outings at Citi Field. New York tagged him for nine earned runs in six innings last year.
Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 3.94) is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two career outings against Milwaukee, both at home. He has struck out 16 and walked one in 13 innings this season. Rookie catcher Tomas Nido will get his third major league start and first this season, manager Mickey Callaway said.
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