MILWAUKEE -- With temperatures on the rise at Miller Park, the Brewers' bats were hot, crushing five home runs to defeat the Mets, 7-4, on Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Braun notched his 24th career multihomer game with two solo home runs, and Chris Carter, Wily Peralta and Scooter Gennett also went deep for the Crew, which won its first game this season against the Mets in six tries. The Brewers hit home runs in three consecutive innings, from the second through the fourth, and tallied back-to-back solo shots to crack the game open in the seventh.
"[The Mets] have a really special pitching staff," Braun said. "It's got to be one of the best pitching staffs of all time. So you know runs are going to be at a premium. It's not easy to score."
In addition to hitting his first career homer -- a two-run shot to put Milwaukee up, 5-2, in the fourth -- Peralta picked up his fourth win of the season, allowing three runs in five innings while striking out four. Logan Verrett, the Mets' spot starter, gave up five runs and three dingers in just four innings of work.
"I think I threw it pretty good," Peralta said. "This is one of the best games that I've felt on the mound, locating down in the zone, even though I gave up two homers. But overall, I feel pretty good. I was consistent and down in the zone and turned my slider better today."
Curtis Granderson hit his second homer of the series and went 3-for-4, a double shy of the cycle, for New York, which could not hang onto an early 2-0 lead.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Braun Solo: Before the game, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that a slumping Braun would snap out of his skid "very soon." Within a matter of hours, the Brewers' left fielder proved his manager right in a big way. In the third inning, he sent an 0-1 fastball from Verrett 420 feet to center field to snap an 0-for-15 skid and put Milwaukee up, 3-2. Facing reliever Antonio Bastardo in the seventh, he exited the yard once again for his 11th homer of the season. Coming in, Braun had not homered since May 26 against the Braves.
"That's a safe prediction," Counsell said. "I'll go with that one quite often. We're shocked when Ryan has a little, tiny, 20-at-bat stretch like this. That just speaks volumes about how great a performer he's been. You know it's coming back, and you have to have him in there to get it back."
Grandy can: Granderson continued his torrid series at the plate. He singled and stole second base in the first inning, tripled and was stranded in the third and connected for a solo home run in the fifth. In his shot to complete the cycle against Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg in the eighth, Granderson grounded out to second base. Granderson is 6-for-12 with two home runs, a double and a triple in the series.
"It is very encouraging," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We're so used to him being on base, and he's starting to get on base. We are starting to see better at-bats out of him."
What the flip: Peralta has been known to display impressive power in batting practice, and it finally translated to a game. After 197 career plate appearance without a homer, Peralta launched a fastball from Verrett 429 feet to left-center to aid his own cause on the mound, celebrating with a bat flip. Peralta, whose spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy with his 6.68 ERA and the upcoming return of Matt Garza, gave up two homers of his own but limited the damage to just three runs by showcasing improved control.
"I told them that when I get my first one, I'm going to pimp it," Peralta said. "They said, 'Nah, you're not going to do it.' I said, 'Yes.' I got the first one, and I did." More >
Walker exits: For the second time in three days, Mets second baseman Neil Walker left early with an injury. Unrelated to the shortness of breath he suffered after taking a ground ball to the chest Thursday, Walker had his back tighten up on him on a check swing during his at-bat in the first inning. He tried to continue, but he eventually came out in the fourth inning.
"I know exactly what is going on," Walker said. "It just tightened up. Every time I've had something like this, it is two or three days and I'm good to go, but I have to fully let it calm down." More >
"I wasn't commanding the zone as well as I feel I normally do or as well as I can. If you go back and look at the video of all three of those home runs, they were right down the middle. It is tough for them not to barrel it up." -- Verrett
"I swung the bat as poorly as any Major Leaguer probably could over the last week, week and a half." --Braun, on coming out of his slump
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Peralta's homer was the first by a Brewers pitcher since Yovani Gallardo went deep against the Pirates on April 29, 2013.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
A brief crew-chief review confirmed that Granderson's leadoff triple in the third inning did not clear the fence in right field. The ball hit the top of the yellow padding on the wall, just over the reach of right fielder Ramon Flores.
Collins challenged a play just one pitch later. Michael Conforto hit a line drive that was snagged by third baseman Aaron Hill. Hill then dove to try and double Granderson off third. Third-base umpire Larry Vanover ruled Granderson out, a call that was overturned by replay in one minute and three seconds. The Mets would not score Granderson, as Peralta induced an inning-ending double play.
WHAT'S NEXT Mets:Steven Matz will get the ball for New York in the series finale at 2:10 p.m. ET. The left-hander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his past nine starts. He limited the Brewers to two runs on three hits over seven innings on May 20.
Brewers:Zach Davies and Milwaukee will go for a split of the four-game series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT. Davies has been stellar over his past two starts, allowing two runs in 15 innings and taking a no-hitter into the seventh against Oakland on Tuesday.