MILWAUKEE (AP) — Domingo Santana’s two-run double highlighted a four-run seventh inning for the Milwaukee Brewers, who shelled the New York Mets’ battered bullpen again and then held on for an 8-7 win on Sunday.
Jesus Aguilar added a three-run homer and four RBIs for the NL Central leaders. The Brewers won their fifth straight series by taking three of four games from the struggling Mets.
The Brewers teed off on three relievers in the decisive seventh. After Robert Gsellman walked Jesus Aguilar to put runners on first and second with two outs, Jerry Blevins (1-1) gave up an RBI single to Travis Shaw.
Manager Mickey Callaway lifted Blevins after one batter for Paul Sewald, but the righty allowed Santana’s flare down the right-field line for a double before Jonathan Villar drove Santana home with another double.
Milwaukee got to the Mets’ bullpen again after tagging New York relievers for eight runs and 13 hits in a 17-6 victory on Saturday.
The Brewers won for the sixth time in seven games, but endured their own nervous moments late when struggling closer Corey Knebel gave up a solo homer to Devin Mesoraco in the ninth to draw the Mets within a run.
Knebel then walked potential tying run Amed Rosario, who later stole second. But Knebel struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Conforto on fastballs to the end the game for his fourth save.
Boone Logan (1-0) was credited the win despite giving up Cabrera’s solo homer in the seventh.
Mets: 3B Wilmer Flores left the game before the bottom of the fourth with lower back soreness. … RHP AJ Ramos, who has allowed eight runs in his last 4 2/3 innings, flew back to New York after complaining of right shoulder tightness following the 17-6 loss on Saturday. Ramos allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning in that game. … Assistant GM John Ricco said that C Kevin Plawecki (left hand) and RHP Hansel Robles (right knee) were headed to Atlanta, where they might be activated from the disabled list to rejoin the club for the doubleheader Monday against the Braves. … 3B Todd Frazier (left hamstring) was headed to Triple-A Las Vegas. Ricco said he was making progress and could start a rehab assignment soon.
Brewers: OF/1B Ryan Braun got his second day off from the starting lineup in three games for rest. Braun returned Thursday following a 10-day stint on the disabled list for back tightness
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-0) is scheduled to pitch the first game of a doubleheader in Atlanta. The Mets were undecided on who would pitch in the second game.
Brewers: LHP Brent Suter (4-3) opens a three-game series against the visiting Cardinals. Suter is 0-2 with a 3.80 ERA in seven career games, including three starts, against St. Louis.