Mets Beat Brewers 9-3; End Five Game Losing Skid

In a victory that should not have any effect on the job status of General Manager Steve Phillips, a sitting duck in the eyes of COO Jeff Wilpon, the Mets won 9-3 on Friday night in an offensive explosion against the third-rate Milwaukee Brewers and former Met Glendon Rusch.

The Mets started the scoring in the first inning, with Mike Piazza plating Roberto Alomar, who reached on an error, with a double. The Mets couldn't get any more runs across in the inning despite having Piazza and Raul Gonzalez on second and third, as Ty Wigginton and then Mo Vaughn struck out.

The Mets continued their offensive surprise with an RBI single from Robbie Alomar in the second, and posted a three spot in the third with Cliff Floyd hitting a 2-run homerun along with Tom Glavine being the beneficiary of shoddy defensive play from Brewers second basemen Eric Young on his groundball, allowing a run to score.

Glavine was sparkling through the first six innings, allowing only a run on a homer by Young in the 6th. He then ran into trouble by allowing a homer by former Brave teammate Wes Helms, making the game 8-3, as the Mets scored three more in the top of the sixth on a Ty Wigginton 2 RBI double and Tsuyoshi Shinjo RBI base knock.

The Mets scored on a Tony Clark RBI groundout in the eighth, with Timo Perez, running for Cliff Floyd; Clark was batting for the struggling Mo Vaughn, who went 0-3 in the game with a walk before exiting. Mike Stanton closed the game out for the Metropolitans, pitching a scoreless eight and ninth innings. The Mets displayed some timely hitting, but also left a plethora of men on. In the first they left two on, and they left the bases loaded in the 5th when Tsuyoshi Shinjo flew out to Alex Sanchez in centerfield. In total, they left six men on base.

The Brewers terrible defense was part of the reason for their struggle tonight, as they made three errors and shortstop Royce Clayton bobbled a ball, taking away the double play against Raul Gonzalez. In total, Wes Helms made an error in the first inning and Young made two throughout the game.

The Mets, who broke their five-game losing streak last night, and the Brew Crew continue their series tonight at 7:05.

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