Playing at home for the first time since their 11-game road trip, the Mets defeated the Brewers by a score of 6-2, snapping their six game losing streak.
Jun 10, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcherDaisuke Matsuzaka
(16) delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Daisuke Matsuzaka, taking over for demoted Rafael Montero in the rotation, was on the mound for New York and looked sharp. Coming off a rocky start in Chicago, where he allowed four runs in just 4.1 innings, Dice-K settled down to allow one run on three hits and three walks in six innings.
Marco Estrada took the hill for the Brewers and, despite lasting six innings, let up six runs on four hits and four walks for the loss.
With a pitcher’s duel occurring for the majority of the night, the Mets were able to break the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third. Estrada allowed newly appointed leadoff hitter Ruben Tejada to walk, after which Daniel Murphy hit a two-out, two-run home run to drive in the first runs of the game.
In the fourth, Dice-K hit Khris Davis with a pitch, then allowed a double to Lyle Overbay that cut the lead to 2-1. However, that would be all he would surrender for the night. Despite getting struck by a comebacker, Dice-K lasted six innings, giving up one run on three hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.
In the sixth, New York was able to break the game open. Estrada walked three in the inning — David Wright, Curtis Granderson, and Lucas Duda — before Taylor Teagarden came to the plate. Making his first career start with the team, Teagarden hit an opposite field grand slam, the team’s third of the season, to make it 6-1 Mets.
Pitching in relief, Jeurys Familia found himself in trouble in the eighth after allowing a single to Scooter Gennett and following with a hit-by-pitch to Jonathan Lucroy. Carlos Gomez then doubled in a run to cut the lead to 6-2 before Familia struck out Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis to end the inning.
Jenrry Mejia came in for the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to seal the victory.
The Mets snapped their streak of losing the first game of each of their last five home series.
New York has now won four of its last five games at home and is 14-17 at Citi Field this year.
The Mets have scored first in 13 of their last 15 games. The team is 21-19 this year when they score first.
Tonight marked just the second time this season the Mets have scored more than five runs at Citi Field.
In his last 23 appearances, which includes 7 starts and 16 relief appearances, Dice-K is 6-0 with a 2.32 ERA.
Granderson has now reached base safely in 22 straight games.
Teagarden joined Collin Cowgill as the only players in franchise history to hit a grand slam in their first game with the Mets.
Ruben Tejada, who had a double and a walk tonight, is now hitting .286/.405/.429 since May 11th.