Ramos walks in winning run to give Brewers win over Mets
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A.J. Ramos lost his control at the wrong time.
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway brought in the right-hander with two outs in the 10th inning, hoping Ramos could strand the potential game-ending run at third.
Instead, Ramos walked consecutive batters to force in the winning run, handing the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Friday night.
“I was just trying to find a way to throw a strike. It was obvious that they were just waiting to get a good strike and I just couldn’t find it for some reason,” Ramos said.
Ramos relieved Jerry Blevins with runners at first and third. He walked Hernan Perez on four pitches, then skipped his 3-1 pitch to Travis Shaw to end it.
“Take until you get a strike. I was ready to go 3-1. I was 100 percent taking until I got a strike,” Shaw said.
The bases-loaded walk scored Eric Sogard, who singled with one out off Robert Gsellman (4-1) to spark the rally and snap an 0-for-28 skid. Sogard, newly recalled from the minor leagues, advanced to third on Christian Yelich’s single off Blevins.
Callaway lifted Blevins after one batter for Ramos.
That didn’t work either.
“He didn’t have anything. It hasn’t been like it was tonight,” Callaway said. “You have to chalk that up to just, ‘Man, he couldn’t get the ball over the plate.’”
ON THE BASES
Both teams had other late scoring opportunities erased on the basepaths. Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out at second in the top of the 10th by right fielder Domingo Santana after trying to stretch a single.
Shaw was doubled off second after trying to get a good jump on Manny Pina’s hard liner to left in the ninth. He made up for the mistake with his game-winning walk in the 10th.
“I’m not really fast, so I’ve got to get going, running on balls like that,” Shaw said. “It’s a bad read. I thought the ball was down.”
WHAT A RELIEF
Jeremy Jeffress (4-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He benefited from good defense, including Santana’s throw to second to get Cabrera in the 10th.
The Mets tied it at 3 in the ninth by getting to the Brewers’ normally lights-out bullpen. Corey Knebel allowed two walks with two outs before giving up Jose Bautista’s tying single.
“I think it’s just we never give up no matter what the situation is,” Callaway said. “We’ve been through some pretty rough patches, but they’ve never given up. I think you just chalk it up to that.”
The ninth-inning rally bailed out ace Noah Syndergaard from being tagged with a loss. The long-haired right-hander struck out eight over six innings, allowing six hits and three runs, though the Brewers got to him early with Shaw’s solo shot in the second.
The Brewers scored two runs in the third by being aggressive on the bases. Lorenzo Cain and Yelich each singled and stole second before being driven home by singles of Syndergaard.
“I feel like I’ve been doing a pretty good job at varying my (delivery) times. I didn’t really give (catcher Devin) Mesoraco much of an opportunity to throw guys out based on times,” he said. “And, I didn’t give him really quality pitches to handle, so that one’s on me.”
Mets: C Kevin Plawecki caught seven innings Thursday night in his second rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas. He is 2 for 6 with a homer and two RBIs in those two games. Plawecki has been on the DL since April 12 with a broken left hand. ... OF Yoenis Cespedes (right hip) took batting practice on the field Thursday and was running lightly Friday.
Brewers: OF Ryan Braun, who was 1 for 4 Thursday in his first game off the DL, was not in the starting lineup Friday, but Counsell said it was a planned day off. Braun was intentionally walked as a pinch hitter in the ninth.
Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (1-3) is 21-11 in 50 career starts in May for a .656 win percentage, the highest of any month for his career.
Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (4-3) allowed one run on two hits in a 6 1/3-inning outing against the Mets on April 14 at Citi Field.
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