Anderson sharp, Brewers get help on odd play, beat Mets 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) – Chase Anderson pitched seven shutout innings and the Brewers benefited – temporarily, anyway – when a Milwaukee bat boy bumped into Mets infielder Wilmer Flores on a foul popup Thursday in a 2-1 victory over New York.

NL Central-leading Milwaukee won the last two at Citi Field to salvage a four-game split.

The kooky play came in the fourth inning with the Brewers ahead 1-0 after they loaded the bases with one out.

Eric Sogard lofted a popup and Flores gave frantic chase along the railing of Milwaukee’s third base dugout. A bat boy carrying a metal stool tried to dodge him and slide past, but nicked Flores’ arm and the ball dropped.

Umpires originally called Sogard out for interference but quickly huddled and reversed their ruling. Mets manager Terry Collins bolted from the bench, argued with crew chief Fieldin Culbreth and was ejected.

In the Official Baseball Rules, it is considered unintentional interference – not an out – if a bat boy or security or someone else permitted on the field accidently gets in the way of a fielder.