MILWAUKEE (AP) - The shadows in late afternoon at Miller Park can be brutal to hitters, but
made good contact anyway.
Delgado's two-run homer off
in the eighth inning propelled the
New York Mets
to a 4-2 victory over the
''Probably the worst shadows that I've been involved with since I've been in professional baseball, but it goes the same way
for both teams,'' Delgado said. ''It was pretty tough, but whatever. We got it done.''
The Mets had little success against
, but the Brewers' right-hander left the game after five scoreless innings as a precautionary measure with tightness in his
left groin. New York then battered six Milwaukee relievers for four runs on seven hits and four walks in the final four innings.
''He's one of our top pitchers,'' Milwaukee manager
said of Sheets. ''Do you wanna take a chance of losing him? I don't. I take no chances with starting pitchers this time of
year. Very, very slight, started to get some tightness and I'm not taking a chance of him pulling it.''
It was the fourth win in five games for the Mets, and all four victories have been comebacks.
''Good teams do this,'' Delgado said. ''It's important. It shows that you can do it. Ideally, you want to be ahead but if
you're not you've got to put together some good at bats, get some base runners and come up with a big hit. It says a lot about
the character and the will we have with this ballclub.''
It was Delgado's 462nd career homer, tying him with
for 31st place on the all-time list.
''Obviously, it's flattering,'' Delgado said. ''I'm going to play a couple more years, so I'm not so concerned with the guys
on that list.''
The Mets first baseman has 20 homers and 60 RBI since June 27, the most of any NL player in that time.
''Carlos has been amazing,'' New York manager
said. ''If he's swinging it well, he seems to come up at the right time and put a good swing on it. He's been outstanding.''
While the Milwaukee relievers imploded, the beleaguered Mets bullpen pitched three shutout innings.
(3-3) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the victory in relief of
pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances.
''They stepped up and attacked the hitters,'' Manuel said. ''Threw strikes. I felt that going in, a lot of our right handers
appear to match up well with this team. They're a very aggressive hitting club. We were able to get it done.''
Gagne (4-3) gave up three runs and four hits in the eighth. He has a 6.81 ERA this year after signing a $10 million, one-year
contract with the Brewers.
greeted Gagne with a double. One out later, Delgado hit his 31st home run of the year to give New York a 3-2 lead.
''He was trying to make an 0-2 pitch, and it got too much of the plate,'' Yost said. ''He wasn't even trying to throw a strike.
He just didn't hit his spot. He didn't execute.''
singled and scored on
's double to the center-field wall, increasing the Mets' lead to 4-2. Beltran later left the game with a bruise behind his
right knee suffered when colliding with home plate umpire Ed Rapuano while sliding into home.
, the Mets' vice president of player development, said Beltran was day-to-day and the injury did not appear to be serious.
''He's sore, but he should be fine,'' Bernazard said.
New York starter
pitched six innings, giving up two runs and seven hits. He struck out 10.
Sheets had given up only two hits and a walk before being pulled. The right-hander - counted on along with CC Sabathia to
lead the Brewers back to the playoffs for the first time since 1982 - put on a team jacket and stayed in the dugout talking
and pitching coach
after leaving the game.
A year after blowing a seven game lead in the final 19 days of the season, the Mets fell behind quickly in their first game
of September. Milwaukee made it 1-0 in the first when J.J. Hardy's liner to left hit off Murphy's glove and rolled into the
left-field corner. Murphy slipped on the warning track and Hardy slid into third with a triple.
followed with a double to left to make it 1-0.
Santana balked with
on third in the sixth, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
The Mets scored their first run in the seventh on reliever
's wild pitch, allowing Beltran to score from third. Stetter then got
to fly out with runners on second and third to preserve the lead.
Notes: Mets closer
threw about 20 pitches off a mound Monday. Bernazard said the team would ''see how it feels'' on Tuesday before deciding what
the next step would be for Wagner, on the DL with a strained left forearm.