Braun homers to lead Brewers past Mets 3-1
MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth inning, Brandon Woodruff pitched five solid innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Friday night.
Braun had three hits to lift his average to .226, including his seventh home run of the season. Milwaukee played its fifth consecutive game without NL MVP Christian Yelich, who continues to deal with low back discomfort.
Woodruff (4-1) gave up six hits and one run in five innings to beat the Mets for the second time in a week. He walked two and struck out seven.
Josh Hader got six outs for his eighth save in eight tries. Hader allowed the first two batters in the ninth to reach before striking out the next three.
The Mets jumped ahead 1-0 in the first on Wilson Ramos’ single. The Brewers tied it in their half of the inning on Lorenzo Cain’s leadoff homer, the fifth of his career and second this season.
Braun took Steven Matz (3-2) deep to straightaway center.
Matz allowed nine hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
The Mets selected the contract of INF Adeiny Hechavarría from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned 1B Dominic Smith. “Adeiny can really help us,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “Defensively, he’s going to allow us to deal with a double switch at a lot of different positions. He’s been swinging the bat great.” … The Brewers recalled RHP Adrian Houser from Triple-A San Antonio and optioned RHP Jay Jackson.
Mets: Reliever Luis Avilan left in the eighth with an undisclosed injury. After Avilan struck out Ben Gamel, catcher Ramos visited the mound and motioned for the trainer. … Transferred RHP Drew Smith to the 60-day IL after he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last month.
Brewers: Yelich took batting practice and threw long toss before the game. “We’re missing him,” manager Craig Counsell said.
Mets: Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.05 ERA) will make his fourth start on the road this season.
Brewers: Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 3.60) will make his second start of the season after signing as a free agent on April 27. His first start was also against the Mets.