On the baseball diamond, the good news ended and the Mets problems began almost immediately as starter Tom Glavine was replaced at the start of the second inning by Dan Wheeler after suffering a right ribcage strain. Glavine will officially be listed as day-to-day following the injury. Wheeler surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced, Keith Osik, to start the inning. It was just Osik's second home run of the year.
The Mets quickly responded in the bottom of the inning with three straight hits and two runs to take a 2-1 lead. Jason Phillips led off with a single and later scored off a double from Timo Perez. Perez scored one batter later on a single by Ty Wigginton. Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets worked himself out of the jam by getting Vance Wilson to ground into a double play and Joe McEwing to pop up to retire the side.
The Brewers took control of the game in the top of the fourth inning on a three run home run from Royce Clayton off Wheeler. The blast made the score 4-2 and the Brewers never trailed again. It was Clayton's 10th homer of the year.
The Mets threatened the Brewer lead in the bottom of the fourth as Cliff Floyd doubled and later scored on an infield single by Wigginton. The run was the last for the Mets on the evening and the closest they would get to the Brewers as Sheets once again worked out of the jam by getting Wilson to ground out and leave the tying run on base.
The Brewers tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth inning as a Brady Clark double scored Scott Podsednik and Geoff Jenkins to finish the night's scoring and give Milwaukee a 6-3 win over the Mets.
The 6-3 loss was the fourth straight defeat for the Mets and dropped their record to 43-62 on the season.
Sheets earned the win and improved to 10-7 on the year as he went 6 and 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and three earned runs. Wheeler (0-1) earned his first decision of the year, a loss, as he pitched four innings and allowed four hits, four earned runs, three strikeouts and two home runs.
Wiggington was 3-for-4 on the night for the Mets with two RBI and Floyd went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Notes: Tom Glavine has had just one win in his last 12 starts. This was the second time Glavine has had a one inning stint against the Brewers this season. Former Mets manager Davey Johnson was on hand to celebrate Gary Carter Night. It was the first time Johnson has been at Shea Stadium since he last managed in 1990. Fans at the game received a free 8x10 photo of Carter. Attendance jumped to 22,846 for Gary Carter Night after just 6,056 showed for Monday night's 4-2 loss to Milwaukee. In college, Kenny Kelly was the starting quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes football team for one season. He had split time between Miami and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for three seasons before coming to the Mariners. Kelly has yet to devote all of his time to baseball.
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