The Mets narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the seventh inning. The Mets finally got to Kinney when Raul Gonzalez walked and moved to third on a single by Tony Clark. Leo Estrella was brought in from the pen to relieve Kinney. Estrella fanned pinch hitter Cliff Floyd for the first out of the inning, but he balked and forced in a run. Leo recovered, however and got Jeff Duncan on a fly ball and Clark was doubled off second to end the inning.
Kinney pitched a very strong six plus innings. He allowed four hits and walked three batters. He also fanned three Mets in a fine performance.
The Brewers iced the game in the eighth when they scored a pair of insurance runs, as they tagged reliever Edwin Almonte. Ginter led off the inning with a double and scored on a single by Eddie Perez. Perez was sacrificed to second and then tallied on a wild pitch by Almonte, for a 4-1 Milwaukee advantage.
The Mets closed the gap in their half of the eighth inning when they scored twice off beleaguered ex-closer Mike Dejean. Roger Cedeno reached on a error and scampered to third on a double by Jose Reyes. Cedeno scored on a ground out by Timo Perez, Reyes advanced to third. Jason Phillips brought home Reyes with a single and the Mets were within a run at 4-3.
New York could get no closer, however, as newly anointed closer Danny Kolb shut down the Mets in the ninth. Despite allowing a pair of hits, Kolb kept the Mets off the board and nailed down his fourth save.
The Mets had a disappointing season against the Brewers, a team that they have traditionally battered since Milwaukee entered the National League. In 2003 it was another story, however as the Mets went only 3-6 against the Brew Crew.
The Mets will now host the St. Louis Cardinals in a weekend series. Steve Trachsel (9-7) and Jeff Fassero (1-5) are the scheduled staters. Maybe the Mets can take advantage of the Cardinals myriad injuries and make it a positive series.
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