Brewers 9, Mets 6

Rickie Weeks continued his torrid hitting and kept the Brewers

in the hunt for an NL wild card spot.

Weeks hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning and

lift the Brewers to a 9-6 win over the New York Mets on Saturday

night.

Trailing 4-1 in the fourth the Brewers rallied for five runs to

win for the 19th time in 25 games. Milwaukee leaped ahead of

Philadelphia in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot but

remained behind St. Louis, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

”It’s just one of those things where we need some help,

obviously,” Weeks said. ”But at the same time we want to get this

thing done.”

Weeks struggled the first three months of the season, and didn’t

get his batting average permanently over .200 until July 25. He’s

been hot lately, batting .343 with seven home runs and 14 RBI in

his last 16 games to raise his average to .230.

”I’ve been swinging the bat pretty well for more than a couple

of weeks,” Weeks said. ”I just keep coming back to the ballpark

and working hard. That’s all you can do.”

The Mets lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Weeks’ homer capped the inning and was his 20th of the season.

He also had a double, scored two runs and drove in three. Reliever

Brandon Kintzler (2-0) pitched a scoreless fifth to get credit for

the victory.

Jenrry Mejia (0-1) pitched three innings in his first

major-league start exactly two years after making his last start.

He underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery in

May 2011.

”His command was off,” New York manager Terry Collins said of

Mejia. ”That’s going to be something we certainly have to make

sure is first and foremost. It’s tough to pitch up here behind in

the count.”

Mejia, who made his major-league debut in 2010 at the age of 20,

had control problems, walking five batters and throwing strikes in

just 32 of his 68 pitches. He gave up five runs on six hits and

five walks and was removed by manager Terry Collins after the first

four Brewers reached base in the fourth inning.

Daniel Murphy had a double and two singles for New York. Ike

Davis hit a two-run homer, his 27th, in the ninth for the Mets.

With the Mets leading 4-1, Mejia walked Nyjer Morgan to open the

fourth and Jean Segura reached on a bunt single. Pinch-hitter Logan

Schafer lined a triple down the right field line to score both

runners and bring the Brewers within 4-3.

Mejia then walked Aoki and was removed for Jeremy Hefner. The

right-hander’s second pitch to Weeks bounced in front of the plate

and got past catcher Kelly Shoppach for a wild pitch, scoring

Schafer from third to tie the score at 4-4.

Weeks then hit a 1-2 pitch that landed in the netting above the

Brewers bullpen, giving Milwaukee a 6-4 lead.

Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa hit an RBI triple in the fifth to

make it 7-4. Aoki followed with an RBI single to extend the lead to

8-4.

Weeks’ two-out double scored Segura to make it 9-4 in the

seventh.

Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum had another ineffective outing,

giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out

three in just four innings. In five starts after missing 10 weeks

with right elbow soreness, Marcum is 0-1 with a 5.70 ERA.

”He’s just missing on his location,” Milwaukee manager Ron

Roenicke said. ”I don’t know if it’s a rhythm thing with his

delivery, or I don’t know what it is.”

The Mets scored three runs in the fourth on a squeeze bunt by

Mejia to score Jordany Valdespin from third, an RBI single by Ruben

Tejada and an RBI double by Murphy.

Notes: Mejia’s last major-league start was on Sept. 15, 2010

against Pittsburgh. He underwent surgery on May 16, 2011 and had

pitched in relief one other game this year. … Milwaukee 1B Corey

Hart missed his fifth consecutive game with a torn plantar fascia

in his left foot, but did some running and took swings in the

batting cages on Saturday. Roenicke said Hart could return on

Tuesday in Pittsburgh. … Aramis Ramirez dropped a foul popup in

the sixth for an error, snapping a streak of 42 errorless games.

… The Mets used eight pitchers and the Brewers used six.