MILWAUKEE -- Zach Davies did not allow an earned run over six-plus innings to continue his streak of dominance on the mound, and five players scored a run for the Brewers, who defeated the Mets, 5-3, on Sunday at Miller Park to split the four-game series.
Davies followed up brilliant outings in his past two starts by silencing the Mets bats for Milwaukee's fourth win in six games. The right-hander had a stretch of 17 consecutive retired batters and only allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven. Over his past three starts and 21 innings, Davies owns a 0.86 ERA with 21 strikeouts and four walks.
"You can use whatever adjective you'd like," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "I think he's certainly pitching very well. He's really controlling the hitter with his four pitches. He's on a good run."
The Brewers took advantage of errors by the Mets and scored three runs in the second and two more in the fifth. Keon Broxton and Scooter Gennett, the Nos. 7 and 8 batters in Milwaukee's lineup, each tallied two hits, with Broxton putting the Crew on the board with his first career RBI in the second inning. All of the Brewers' runs came off Mets starter Steven Matz, who allowed nine hits and five runs (four earned), dropping to 7-3 on the season.
"I felt more comfortable than I did last time on the mound," Matz said. "They just put good at-bats up. The biggest thing was not making a pitch when I had to. That was really it. They capitalized on some mistakes that I made, and they made it hurt."
New York brought the potential tying or go-ahead run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings, but they could not capitalize against the Brewers' bullpen as Jeremy Jeffress picked up his 18th save.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Leave 'em loaded: In the end, Davies turned in a gem, but his day started with heavy turbulence. The Mets loaded the bases with one out after Matt Reynolds reached on an error, Yoenis Cespedes singled and Kelly Johnson walked. Davies then buckled in and struck out James Loney swinging and induced a Wilmer Flores flyout to escape the jam. New York did not get another baserunner until the seventh inning.
"The calls maybe didn't go my way at first, but if I kept going after it, it would eventually get there, and maybe they'd be a little more aggressive and put the ball in play," Davies said.
Throwing it around: It wasn't New York's finest day defensively, as the Mets committed three errors. In the first inning, left fielder Alejandro De Aza threw wildly to second base to allow Ryan Braun to scamper to third. With runners on second and third in the second, Matz threw a Davies squeeze-bunt attempt away, allowing a second run to score. The Mets couldn't handle a Jonathan Villar bunt in the fifth, as third baseman Flores threw wildly to first base. The Mets also had three miscues May 31 against the White Sox.
"It wasn't great, for sure," Mets bench coach Dick Scott said. "We just turned routine plays into a little bit of a disaster there. It really is the first game we've had like that all year long. I think guys will move on from that." More >
Rally stifled: The Mets brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the eighth, but a diving catch by Braun ended the threat. Entering the inning down, 5-1, New York scored two runs off reliever Carlos Torres on an RBI single by Curtis Granderson and a run-scoring double by Cespedes, the only Met with two hits in the game. Will Smith came on to get Johnson to ground out to second, but then he walked pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera. Flores jumped on the first pitch he saw from Smith, lining a shot to left field that hung up enough for a diving Braun to snag.
Scooting along: Getting a rare start against a left-handed starter, Gennett capped off a strong homestand. The Brewers' second baseman pulled a double down the right-field line and scored on Davies' squeeze in the second inning, then got his second hit off Matz with a single in the sixth. Gennett finished 2-for-3 with a walk and was 9-for-20 with one home run and five RBIs over the six-game homestand.
"I'm just going to go in with the same approach, and that's just swinging at good pitches," Gennett said. "Today, it worked out. I only swung at one pitch that was out of the zone. That was my goal, just swinging at good pitches. Whether it's coming from the left side or the right side, it doesn't matter." More >
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The 23-year-old Davies has not allowed more than three hits in any of his past three starts, making him the fifth pitcher in Brewers history to make three consecutive starts of at least six innings while allowing three or fewer hits.
Mets manager Terry Collins was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee just prior to first pitch after feeling ill. Scott, who served as acting manager, alerted the team of Collins' absence just as they were about to head out to start the game.
Few details were released regarding Collins' condition, but the New York skipper will remain hospitalized in Milwaukee overnight for observation and further tests.
"Without getting into too many details, he just didn't feel good," Scott said. "The good thing about what we do is we have guys like [athletic trainer] Ray Ramirez and [assistant athletic trainer] Brian Chicklo right across the hallway. They came right in, followed protocol and took care of Terry right away. He actually felt fine right before the game, so we were all encouraged. Hopefully that's the case." More >
WHAT'S NEXT Mets: After an off-day Monday, New York returns to Citi Field to start a three-game series with Pittsburgh. Jacob deGrom, who last pitched June 7 against the Pirates, will start the series opener at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Brewers: Milwaukee will head to the West Coast for a nine-game road trip, beginning Monday night at 9:15 p.m. CT against the Giants. Chase Anderson, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the A's in his last start, will get the ball for the Brewers.