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Mets rally past Brewers in 9th

MILWAUKEE — Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning as the New York Mets rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night at Miller Park.

All three Mets runs came off Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez (4-4), who has 29 saves this season but a 4.50 ERA in six July appearances. He allowed a leadoff double to Daniel Murphy, who scored on a single by David Wright.

That brought up Duda, who smacked a first-pitch fastball to right for his 17th of the year.

Milwaukee had taken the lead in the sixth inning when Aramis Ramirez broke open a 0-0 game with an RBI fielder’s choice. Carlos Gomez made it a 2-0 game in the seventh with his 15th home run of the year, a two-out solo shot to right off Mets left-

hander Zack Wheeler.

After putting 23 runs on the scoreboard during a four-game winning streak, the Brewers’ offense got off to a slow start against Wheeler, who went 6⅔ innings and struck out nine while allowing three hits and two walks.

Milwaukee put runners at first and second with nobody out in the first inning, but Wheeler worked out of the jam and only allowed two baserunners — a fourth-inning hit batter and a fifth-inning error by second baseman Daniel Murphy — through the fifth.

Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo also worked out of his biggest challenge when he gave up back-to-back singles to Murphy and Wright to open the fifth inning.

Rodriguez’s fourth blown save of the season spoiled a gem from Gallardo, who carried a shutout into the eighth inning and held the Mets to four hits while striking out four.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia worked around a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy for his 14th save of the season.