Magic numbers: Brewers win 4-2 again
NEW YORK—Carlos Gomez homered and had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday.
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs to help the Brewers (74-87) win their fourth straight as they put together a strong finish to a disappointing season. Milwaukee has won the first three in a four-game set at Citi Field—all by the same score—to give the club five victories in its final seven series.
Despite their punchless finish, the Mets are poised to retain manager Terry Collins.
Three people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Collins is close to an agreement to return. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized and no announcement had been made. Collins’ current contract expires after this season, his third in charge of the Mets.
The team is expected to announce an extension for Collins at a news conference Monday, the day after the season ends. He is nearing a two-year contract, one of the people said, perhaps with a team option for 2016.
Eric Young Jr. singled home the tying run in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch from rookie Donovan Hand. David Wright had a chance to win it, but he grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl drew a four-pitch walk from Scott Atchison (3-3) to start the 10th and went to third on Jonathan Lucroy’s broken-bat single. Gomez followed with a flare to right-center to put Milwaukee ahead. Betancourt added an RBI single that made it 4-2.
Hand (1-5) initially tried for a six-out save and instead wound up with his first major league win. With the Brewers resting closer Jim Henderson, Alfredo Figaro got three straight outs for his first career save.
Milwaukee has won six of seven and 12 of 17 overall.
Gomez also had two stolen bases—both in the second inning—to give him 39 this season. The All-Star center fielder sat out the series opener while serving a one-game suspension for touching off a bench-clearing fracas Wednesday in Atlanta when he admired his homer and yelled at Braves starter Paul Maholm.
Wright went 0 for 5 and stranded six runners after sitting out Friday night with a sore right thumb. He grounded out ending the seventh, leaving three aboard after New York loaded the bases with no outs.
Young lined out to center field and Lucas Duda popped up before Wright came to bat. The Mets, who have managed 13 runs in their last six games, are 2 for 27 with runners in scoring position during the series.
Gomez singled off rookie Vic Black in the eighth before Betancourt’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
All-Star shortstop Jean Segura returned to Milwaukee’s lineup after missing nine games because of a strained right hamstring, but was lifted for Jeff Bianchi in the eighth. Segura and Young remained tied for tops in the NL with 44 stolen bases.
Brewers prospect Jimmy Nelson allowed one hit over five innings in his first major league start.
Gomez hit his 24th homer in the fourth off starter Aaron Harang, a drive that bounced up onto the left-field concourse beneath the restaurant windows.
NOTES: The Brewers announced that all of manager Ron Roenicke’s coaches will return next season. Triple-A Nashville manager Mike Guerrero will join the big league coaching staff as well. Roenicke said he thinks Guerrero’s ability to speak the same language as some of the team’s Latin players will be valuable. … LF Khris Davis will miss the final two games of the season with a strained left hamstring. He was injured trying to beat out a grounder Friday night. … Aramis Ramirez (left knee) had a pinch-hit single. … RF Norichika Aoki’s name was written in Japanese on the lineup card posted inside the clubhouse. … The Mets will induct former catcher Mike Piazza into their Hall of Fame before the season finale Sunday. LHP Jonathon Niese (8-8, 3.74 ERA) might be limited to about 85 pitches, Collins said.