Kratz, Aguilar lift surg­ing Brew­ers

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Sports -

MILWAUKEE — Erik Kratz home­red in his Brew­ers de­but and Je­sus Aguilar also hit a home run to lift surg­ing Milwaukee to a 17-6 rout of the New York Mets on Sat­ur­day.

Chris­tian Yelich had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times for the NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Brew­ers, who have won eight of their last 10.

Kratz, ac­quired Fri­day from the Yan­kees, home­red with two outs in the fifth against reliever A.J. Ramos, who came un­rav­eled dur­ing what had been a close game.

Bran­don Nimmo and Michael Con­forto hit home runs early for the Mets, who tagged Brew­ers ace Chase An­der­son for five runs but couldn’t find sim­i­lar suc­cess against Milwaukee’s bullpen.

Dan Jen­nings (3-1) worked 11⁄3 in­nings for the win. Mets reliever Ja­cob Rhame (0-1) pitched one in­ning and took the loss.

New York’s first three bat­ters of the game reached base and scored, but that was as good as it got for the Mets.

New York starter Ja­son Var­gas, now sport­ing an ERA of 10.62, al­lowed five runs off six hits and two walks in three in­nings. He fin­ished with five strike­outs.

With Milwaukee up 7-6, Ramos got the first two outs of the fifth be­fore Kratz home­red into the Brew­ers bullpen in left field. Ramos al­lowed two more runs be­fore ex­it­ing, ef­fec­tively end­ing any chance of a Mets come­back. Milwaukee tacked on seven more runs against Chris Flexen in the sev­enth for good mea­sure.

Milwaukee’s bullpen, a bright spot all sea­son, tight­ened its grip af­ter An­der­son’s shaky start. Jen­nings, Boone Lo­gan, Tay­lor Wil­liams and Adrian Houser com­bined to al­low one run over the fi­nal 5 2/3 in­nings, low­er­ing the bullpen’s ERA to 2.43 over 203 1⁄3 in­nings this sea­son.

An­der­son al­lowed five runs and seven hits with three walks in 3 2⁄3 in­nings. He struck out five.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: SS Amed Rosario wasn’t in the start­ing lineup, but came on to pinch hit and walked in the fifth. Man­ager Mickey Call­away said Rosario likely would play both games of Mon­day’s dou­ble­header against At­lanta.

Brew­ers: LF Ryan Braun re­turned to the lineup af­ter a day off.

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