MILWAUKEE -- After leaving the bases loaded in a fruitless fourth inning, the Brewers exploded for eight runs in the fifth for their biggest single-inning strike in more than four years and beat the Mets, 11-4, on Saturday at Miller Park.
Zach Davies still hasn't completed a sixth inning this season, but the Brewers bailed out their starter by sending 11 men to the plate in the decisive fifth for eight runs on seven hits and a pair of walks against Mets starter Robert Gsellman and reliever Hansel Robles. Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw punctuated the outburst with his second hit of the inning, a 406-foot, three-run home run off Robles for a 10-4 lead.
"As long as you're within striking distance, this team is going to do it," said winning pitcher Davies, who admitted to being "bailed out" after allowing four runs on seven hits while making 101 pitches in five innings. "I think people are starting to realize that, and people are starting to play us that way. They realize that we're just not going to show up and roll over."
Shaw finished with three hits, two runs scored and four RBIs. Keon Broxton, Orlando Arcia and Jesus Aguilar also delivered run-scoring hits in the big fifth, the Brewers' biggest outburst since their eight-run third against the Giants on April 16, 2013.
The bulk of the Brewers' rally came against a reliever, Robles, who had not been charged with a run since April 12. He entered the night riding a streak of 12 straight scoreless appearances.
"We're having a tough time getting through the fifth inning," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You are going to struggle in this league if your starting pitching can't get you through. You are going to have nights where they are off and you have to get them out early, but we should be pitching better than we are.
"Robles has been one of our better pitchers we've had for the last three weeks. Tonight, it didn't work."
Arcia for the lead: The first six Brewers batters reached safely in the fifth, including Arcia, who banged a long, two-run single off the wall in left field for a 5-4 Brewers lead. He barrelled the baseball so hard -- 105 mph exit velocity off the bat with a 19-degree launch angle, per Statcast™ -- that the three Brewers baserunners had to hold their ground to make sure Mets outfielder Michael Conforto couldn't catch it. When it connected with the wall, Domingo Santana and Jett Bandy raced home for the lead.
Was it the longest single of Arcia's career?
"For right now, yeah," he said with a smile.
Walker goes deep: Momentum appeared to be on the Mets' side before the Brewers turned the game upside down in the bottom of the fifth. New York struck for three runs against a shaky Davies in the second inning, and Gsellman stranded the bases full of Brewers in the fourth, when Hernan Perez flied out to the warning track in center field. In the next half-inning, Neil Walker extended the Mets' lead to 4-2 with a solo homer, his second in as many days and 11th in 50 career games at Miller Park. Only six visitors have hit more home runs there, a list topped by Albert Pujols (19 home runs) that also includes current Met Jay Bruce (13).
"No ... No, it's not. It's really not. I've known since Spring Training that all these guys are bangers, man." -- Broxton, asked whether the Brewers' high-scoring offense this season qualifies as a surprise
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When Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villar made a diving catch in shallow right field for the final out, the Brewers improved to 20-17 following their fifth win in six games. Milwaukee had not been three games over .500 since they were 82-79 after a win on Sept. 27, 2014.
Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left the game after aggravating a left thumb injury on a swing during a strikeout in the seventh inning. With Cabrera exiting, the Mets were forced to prematurely end Jose Reyes' outfield debut after just one inning in order to move the veteran in to play shortstop.
The severity of the aggravation is unknown, but Collins plans to give Cabrera the day off Sunday.
"We have to make a decision," Cabrera said. "We have to wait and see how I feel tomorrow. It is not as bad as the first time, but it is still pretty sore."
WHAT'S NEXT Mets:Jacob deGrom will take the ball as the Mets try to avoid the sweep in the series finale at 2:10 p.m. ET. The right-hander is second in the National League in strikeouts with 60 and has recorded double-digit strikeouts in four of his last five starts.
Brewers: Despite Wily Peralta producing two quality starts in seven tries this season, the Brewers are 5-2 when the right-hander takes the mound. They will seek another win when the series concludes Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT. .