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Mike Brosseau’s pinch-hit grand slam helps Brewers beat Mets

Sep 21, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) slides into second base safely ahead of the tag from Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames (27) in the first inning at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Brosseau’s pinch-hit grand slam capped a five-run seventh inning Wednesday afternoon for the host Milwaukee Brewers, who avoided being swept by beating the New York Mets 6-0 in the finale of a three-game set.

The Brewers (79-70), who are now two games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the race for the third and final National League wild-card spot, improved to 10-10 this month. The Phillies were scheduled to host the Toronto Blue Jays later Wednesday.

The Mets (95-56) missed a chance to expand their NL East lead to two games over the Atlanta Braves (93-56), who fell to the Washington Nationals, 3-2, earlier Wednesday.

The teams were locked in a scoreless duel until the sixth, when Willy Adames led off the home half of the inning by homering off Mets starter Taijuan Walker (12-5).

The Brewers chased Walker before he could record an out in the seventh, when Jace Peterson drew a leadoff walk, went to third on Victor Caratini’s single and scored on Tyrone Taylor’s single.

David Peterson entered and got two quick outs — via a bunt by Garrett Mitchell and a strikeout of Christian Yelich — before he intentionally walked Adames. With the right-handed hitting Brosseau announced as the pinch-hitter for the left-handed hitting Rowdy Tellez, Mets manager Buck Showalter pulled the southpaw Peterson for right-hander Drew Smith, who was activated from the injured list Tuesday and hadn’t appeared in the bigs since July 24.

Smith got ahead of Brosseau 0-2 before Brosseau homered beyond the left field wall and a leaping Jeff McNeil. It was the first career grand slam for Brosseau.

Mitchell was the lone player on either team with two hits.

Trevor Gott (3-2), the third of six Brewers pitchers, tossed a hitless sixth inning. The Mets didn’t get a hit over the final four innings against four relievers.

Milwaukee starter Adrian Houser allowed three hits without issuing a walk or recording a strikeout over 4 2/3 innings.

Walker was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

–Field Level Media