Matt Garza’s last start was not a thing of beauty—he lasted just one out, the shortest start of his career, and gave up five runs and five hits to the Washington Nationals.
The New York Mets paid the price for that Thursday night, as Garza pitched eight standout innings and the Milwaukee Brewers gave him all the runs he could ask for in a 9-1 laugher at Miller Park.
Garza (7-7) allowed just a run on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts in eight innings, with the Mets getting their lone run on Lucas Duda’s solo homer with one out in the seventh.
Milwaukee (58-45) opened their lead in the National League Central back up to three games over the idle St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jonathan Lucroy got the scoring started in the bottom of the first when he hit his third homer of the current homestand, his 12th of the season, off Gee.
The Brewers then broke it open in the second.
Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds drew back-to-back walks with one out and Jean Segura lined a triple to right to bring both runners home. One out later, Carlos Gomez made it a 4-0 game when he lined a single to left. After Gomez stole second, Lucroy grounded a single through the right side to score Gomez and give Milwaukee a 5-0 advantage.
Rickie Weeks and Davis had back-to-back doubles in the third to put the Crew up 6-0.
Davis then reclaimed the club’s home run lead in the bottom of the sixth, blasting his 17th of the year to center field.
Duda homered for the Mets (48-54) to make it a 7-1 game in the seventh, but Gomez singled in front of Ryan Braun’s 14th home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh.
Tom Gorzelanny worked the ninth, walking one.
Milwaukee had 10 hits on the night as Davis was 2-for-3 and Gomez and Lucroy each went 2-for-4.
The Brewers and Mets continue their four-game set on Friday at 7:10 p.m. Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79 ERA) is slated to start for Milwaukee, with right-hander Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) scheduled for New York.