After a day off, and with a five game lead in the National League Central, the Brewers (38-26) traveled to New York to take on the Mets (28-35).
The Brewers sent out Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.19 ERA) to take on Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 3.21 ERA).
The Brewers changed up the lineup a bit, moving Scooter Gennett into the lead off spot and knocking Jean Segura down to the eight hole after Segura went 1-for-12 in the Pittsburgh series.
Gennett opened the game with a strike out, before a Ryan Braun walk. Jonathan Lucroy followed with a sharp line drive to center, but it was right at Matt den Dekker.
With Carlos Gomez batting, Braun stole second. Gomez walked to put two on for Aramis Ramirez, who flew out to left to end the inning.
Estrada tried to give up a lead-off home run to Reben Tejada but the park held it for Khris Davis to run down. Estrada put down Daniel Murphy and David Wright quickly to end the frame.
Matsuzaka put the Brewers down quickly in the second with strike outs to Davis and Lyle Overbay, before a ground out by Segura.
Estrada got Granderson to pop out to open the Mets’ half of the second inning, before a Chris Young single. Lucas Duda followed with a fly out of his own. Young stole second with Taylor Teagarden batting to move to scoring position, but Teagarden struck out to end the threat.
Estrada led off the third with a single to Granderson in right. Gennett followed with Matsuzaka’s fourth strike out. Braun lined out to left before a Lucroy single to put two on for Gomez, but he grounded out to Wright to end the inning.
Estrada quickly put down den Dekker and Matsuzaka to open the Mets’ half of the third before walking Tejada. Murphy followed with a line-drive home run (5) to right to put the Mets on top by two. It was Estrada’s 19th home run against this season. Wright flew out to end the frame.
After a Ramirez pop out to open the fourth inning, Matsuzaka plunked Davis. Overbay followed with a double (6) to drive in Davis and cut the lead in half. Segura reached on a fielder’s choice. He grounded to short, and Overbay took off for third and was an easy out there. Estrada ended the inning with a ground out.
Estrada opened the bottom half of the frame by striking out Granderson before inducing a grounder back to the mound by Young to get two quick outs. Duda flew out to Braun to end the inning.
Gennett opened the fifth with a walk, but was erased on a double play ground ball by Braun. Lucroy struck out to end the frame with the Brewers still down 2-1.
Teagarden whiffed to open the Mets’ half of the frame ahead of a single by den Dekker. Matsuzaka sacrificed den Dekker to second. Tejada lined out to left to strand den Dekker.
Gomez led off the sixth by lining the ball off Matsuzaka’s leg, but Matsuzaka recovered to throw him out. Ramirez and Davis followed with fly outs.
Murphy, who homered off Estrada earlier, led off the bottom of the sixth with a fly out. Wright and Granderson followed with walks, before a Young strike out. Duda walked to lead the bases and Teagarden popped a grand-slam (1) to put the Mets up 6-1. den Dekker flew out to end the inning.
Vic Black came in for Matsuzaka in the seventh inning, and quickly gave up a single to Overbay. Unfortunately Overbay was erased on a Segura double-play grounder, before a Logan Schafer (pinch-hitting for Estrada) fly out.
Mike Fiers came on for Estrada in the bottom of the seventh. He worked around a Tejeda double and Murphy walk to retire the Mets without any further damage.
Jeurys Familia came in for the Mets and promptly gave up a single to Gennett. Braun struck out, and Lucroy was hit by a pitch. Gomez doubled to bring in Gennett and move Lucroy to third. Ramirez and Davis struck out to end the frame down 6-2.
The Brewers sent Zach Duke to mound for the bottom of the eighth. Young reached on an error by Overbay to lead off the inning. Duke struck out Duda and Teagarden bounced into a double play to end the inning.
Jenrry Mejia came out for the ninth for the Mets. Overbay led off with a line out to left. Segura grounded out to bring up Irving Falu, pinch-hitting for Duke. Falu ended the game with a strike out.
Estrada picked up the loss for Milwaukee, he went six innings and allowed six runs, all on home runs, while allowing four hits and four walks and striking out five.
Matsuzaka earned the win for New York, he went six innings and allowed one run on three hits and three walks. He struck out five.