NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Gomez and the Milwaukee Brewers have managed a positive climax to their disappointing season.
Gomez homered and had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning that sent Milwaukee past the New York Mets 4-2 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory.
“Long game, but finally we got the W. That’s more important,” Gomez said. “It’s one of those days like, everything you hit, you have to take it. Tomorrow is the last one and finish hard, get another win.”
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs for the Brewers (74-87), who have won six of seven and 12 of 17. Milwaukee has taken the first three in a four-game set at Citi Field — all by the same score — to give the club five victories in its final seven series.
Despite their punchless finish, the Mets are set to retain manager Terry Collins.
Three people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Collins is close to an agreement to return. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized and no announcement had been made. Collins’ current contract expires after this season, his third in charge of the Mets.
The team is expected to announce an extension for Collins at a news conference Monday, the day after the season ends. He is nearing a two-year contract, one of the people said, perhaps with a team option for 2016.
“It would be a blast,” Collins said. “But again, we will wait `til the end of the year to smile about it.”
Eric Young Jr. singled home the tying run for the Mets in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch from rookie Donovan Hand. David Wright had a chance to win it, but he grounded sharply into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
“I had good at-bats and some bad luck,” Wright said.
Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl drew a four-pitch walk from Scott Atchison (3-3) to start the 10th and went to third on Jonathan Lucroy’s broken-bat single. Gomez followed with a flare to right-center to put Milwaukee ahead. Betancourt added an RBI single.
Hand (1-5) initially tried for a six-out save and instead wound up with his first major league win. With the Brewers resting closer Jim Henderson, Alfredo Figaro got three straight outs for his first career save.
“With two games to go in the season and nothing to play for, we still put together a comeback. So I thought that was huge and it really kind of picked me up,” Hand said. “It’s bittersweet, I guess is the best way to put it for me. It’s awesome to have a big league win. You dream of that as a kid, and who wouldn’t want a big league win? But it’s like, you get it the way I did, kind of frustrating.”
Wright went 0 for 5 and stranded six runners after sitting out Friday night with a sore right thumb. He grounded out ending the seventh, leaving three aboard after New York loaded the bases with no outs.
“Those are the things that have haunted us for the last six months,” Collins said.
Young lined out to center field and Lucas Duda popped up before Wright came to bat. The Mets, who have managed 13 runs in their last six games, are 2 for 27 (.074) with runners in scoring position during the series.
Gomez stole two bases in the second to give him 39 this season. The All-Star center fielder singled in the eighth before Betancourt’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
All-Star shortstop Jean Segura returned to Milwaukee’s lineup after missing nine games because of a strained right hamstring, but was lifted in the eighth. Segura and Young remained tied for tops in the NL with 44 stolen bases.
Brewers prospect Jimmy Nelson allowed one hit over five innings in his first major league start.
“It was all right. It wasn’t pretty, but I tried to do my best to keep us in there and give us a chance to win,” Nelson said. “I didn’t throw as many quality pitches as I would have liked.”
NOTES: The Brewers announced that all of manager Ron Roenicke’s coaches will return next season. Triple-A Nashville manager Mike Guerrero will join the big league coaching staff as well. Roenicke said he thinks Guerrero’s ability to speak the same language as some of the team’s Latin players will be valuable. … LF Khris Davis will miss the final two games of the season with a strained left hamstring. He was injured Friday night. … Aramis Ramirez (left knee) had a pinch-hit single. … RF Norichika Aoki’s name was written in Japanese on the lineup card posted inside the clubhouse. … The Mets will induct former catcher Mike Piazza into their Hall of Fame before the season finale Sunday. LHP Jonathon Niese (8-8, 3.74 ERA) might be limited to about 85 pitches, Collins said.