The Mets are human after all.
The team’s nine-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday and the Mets were handed just their second loss of the season after the Brewers tagged Matt Harvey for four runs over five innings while the bats went silent in a 5-1 loss at Citi Field.
Harvey allowed eight hits and struck out six but labored through a 30-pitch second inning that included a three-run opposite field home run from Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villar to give Milwaukee an early lead.
The Mets righthander pumped a 93-mph fastball on the outside corner at the knees, but Villar somehow muscled the ball out, which left Harvey bewildered as he stared out into left field watching the ball leave the park.
Harvey settled down after that but the Brewers tacked on another run in the fourth when he allowed a solo shot to catcher Jett Bandy.
Meanwhile, Brewers starter Chase Anderson flirted with a no-hitter before allowing a single to Amed Rosario with two outs in the fifth inning. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out five over 6.1 innings to get the win.
The Mets managed to score their lone run in the sixth on a bloop single by Yoenis Cespedes which scored Michael Conforto but failed to pose any real threat at the plate throughout the game.
Paul Sewald tossed three perfect innings out of the bullpen but Hansel Robles was taken deep by pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia for a solo home run in the ninth.
Amed Rosario flashed some leather to kick-start the game, making a sliding stop on a ball hit up the middle to take a hit away from leadoff batter Lorenzo Cain.
With runners on first and third and one out in the second inning, Villar launched a 1-0 fastball on the outside corner into the left field seats to give the Brewers an early 3-0 lead that they would not look back on.
Chase Anderson. The Brewers pitcher kept the Mets hitters off balance all night, never running into any trouble as he struck out five and allowed just two hits over 6.1 innings and flirted with a no-hitter through 4.2.
12. Harvey has now gone 12 consecutive starts without pitching past the fifth inning. The last time he lasted more than five innings was May 28, 2017 in a 7-2 win over the Pirates.
Josh Hader. The Brewers reliever picked up the save and struck out five straight batters in the eighth and ninth inning of the 5-1 win.
Mets lineup. Aside from an RBI bloop single from Cespedes, the Mets lineup lacked any production, mustering up just three hits, striking out eight times and bouncing into two double plays in the 5-1 loss.
Sunday vs. Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m., RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 6.59) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 3.94); TV: SNY
Published at Sun, 15 Apr 2018 02:03:20 +0000