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Garza, Brewers stun Mets

MILWAUKEE — Matt Garza held the New York Mets to two hits over eight innings and the Milwaukee Brewers hammered three home runs in a 9-1 victory Thursday night at Miller Park.

Garza (7-7) gave up five runs and lasted just one-third of an inning his last time out, but was on top of his game against New York, striking out four and issuing only one walk while giving up just one run.

Jonathan Lucroy hit a one-out home run in the first to put Milwaukee on the board and the Brewers added four more in the second when Mets right-hander Dillon Gee issued one-out walks to left fielder Khris Davis and first baseman Mark Reynolds, who both scored on shortstop Jean Segura’s triple.

Lucroy drove in another with a base hit before right fielder Ryan Braun ended the inning by bouncing into a fielder’s choice.

Back-to-back doubles by Weeks and Davis to open the third gave the Brewers a 6-0 lead.

Davis went 2-for-3 on the day and opened the sixth with his 17th home run of the season and Braun hit a two-run shot in the seventh, his 14th.

Both Davis and Braun’s home runs came off right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who took over for Gee in the sixth.

Gee (4-3) struck out six but allowed six runs on six hits in five innings of work.

The Mets’ only run came on first baseman Lucas Duda’s leadoff home run in the seventh.

Milwaukee extended its winning streak to four games and increased its lead in the NL Central to a full three games ahead of the second-place Cardinals and Pirates, both of whom were idle Thursday night.

The Mets have lost four of their last six games.

  • The Brewers are the only National League team with six players who have hit 10 or more home runs and the only team in baseball with four qualifying players batting at least .300.
  • Milwaukee 2B Scooter Gennett sat for the second consecutive start because of a strained right quadriceps. Manager Ron Roenicke said Gennett took batting practice and was feeling better.
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