MILWAUKEE(AP) Instead of the parade of taxis that usually delivers visiting players to the loading dock entrance at Milwaukee's
Miller Park, the
New York Mets
rode in together on a bus from their hotel.
If they haven't been playing as a team lately, they at least could arrive as one.
couldn't recall ever riding to a game on a team bus in his career.
said it was ''a little weird.''
''A little bonding time with everybody,'' starter
Maybe it was a coincidence, but the Mets went on to break a season-worst five-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the
on Wednesday despite a career-high 12 strikeouts from young Brewers ace
wasn't particularly eager to credit the bus ride, or the previous night's postgame team meeting, as essential motivational
techniques. After all, the next day's starter is allowed to leave the game early - so Pelfrey wasn't even at Manuel's clear-the-air
session that lasted 28 minutes Tuesday night.
''I told him, 'If he'd been at the meeting, he would have thrown a no-hitter,''' Manuel joked.
Pelfrey (6-3) gave up six hits and two walks in 7 2-3 innings, and
came through with an RBI single in the sixth as the Mets stopped a five-game losing streak and avoided a series sweep by the
''It was big, especially going against Gallardo,'' Pelfrey said. ''He's one of the best pitchers in the league. I almost had
to be perfect.''
Gallardo (8-5) gave up five hits in seven innings.
''Yovani obviously threw the ball great,''
said. ''He certainly deserved to win today.''
The Brewers completed a 5-4 homestand and will travel to Chicago for a four-game series against the Cubs beginning Thursday.
''It was a good homestand, but today was a bit of a downer,'' Brewers manager
said. ''We'll take two out of three against the Mets and Giants.''
Pelfrey allowed a single and a walk with two outs in the eighth, but
got J.J Hardy to ground into a forceout at third. Rodriguez pitched the ninth, allowing a leadoff single to Braun before retiring
the side for his 21st save.
New York (38-39), which backed Pelfrey with a pair of double plays, are without injured stars
(calf, hamstring) and
(hip). The Mets were coming off a 9-18 record in June, their worst month in nearly six years, and they were 1-4 in Pelfrey's
Gallardo's 12 strikeouts were the most by a pitcher against the Mets since
struck out 15 for the Braves on April 10, 2005, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Mets also won that game, 6-1.
''It was a tough loss for us,'' Gallardo said. ''I thought I threw the ball pretty well.''
It was a frustrating afternoon all around for
, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Wright slammed his glove into the bench after making a throwing error in the second
inning, then flung his helmet to the ground after taking a called strike three in the third.
Wright originally was to have a day off but lobbied his way back into the lineup.
''He's still part of the leadership, and they need to see him out there like that,'' Manuel said. ''After what we've kind
of struggled with, it's important that we see him out there.''
Wright said he always would prefer to play.
''There's some days where he tell you you're not playing, and there's some days where he kind of asks you,'' Wright said.
The Mets finally broke through in the sixth when
led off with a ground-rule double, losing a shot at a triple when a woman wearing a Hardy T-shirt fell onto the field trying
to reach for the ball.
Gallardo then struck out Wright. But Church sent a grounder past the outstretched glove of second baseman
for a single, scoring Castillo.
led off the seventh with a single, then went to second on a balk by Pelfrey - Pelfrey's fifth of the season. But Fielder was
thrown out trying to take third base on a missed bunt by
Pelfrey then got Hart to ground out, then struck out
to end the inning.
Pelfrey acknowledged that he didn't completely understand the balk rule; he said the umpire called him for stepping off the
side of the rubber instead of stepping straight back.
Still, he joked that he was being picked on.
''I've already got the league lead in balks,'' Pelfrey said. ''I've already got that secured.''
NOTES: Plate umpire Brian O'Nora went to the dugout in the bottom of the fourth to have his eye looked at by a trainer but
quickly returned. ... Gallardo struck out 11 in a victory over Pittsburgh on April 29.