Instead, they'll be trying to rebound from a rare home loss on Saturday night by attempting to avoid falling to the Mets for the fifth time in six tries at Miller Park.
The Brewers (72-72) remained 3 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot after opening this three-game series with a 7-3 loss to New York (66-78), which snapped its third six-game skid of the year.
The defeat also stopped Milwaukee's nine-game home winning streak, which was one shy of the club record set in 1979.
"One game is not going to change it," said Mike Fiers , Friday's losing pitcher. "We had a really good stretch of wins here. We can still win the series. It's one game. If we can come back and win these next two games, it would be nice. It doesn't really matter where we're at. We need to win."
The Brewers are 17-3 in their last 20 home games, and 18-6 in the past 24 overall after sitting 12 games under .500 on Aug. 19.
"Nobody expects us to be in this thing, and I think we've played that way, and that's why we've gotten back in it," manager Ron Roenicke said. "If you start looking at every game like it's 'you have to win,' I don't think the young guys will do well with that. So we haven't gone there."
Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.71 ERA) will try help his club bounce back as he looks to win for the first time since missing more than two months with elbow tightness.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.03 ERA in four starts since coming back, but they've all been on the road. He's won three of his past four home outings, including the last two with a 2.84 ERA.
Marcum's recent struggles continued in Sunday's 5-4, 10-inning loss at St. Louis. He surrendered four runs and two homers, all in the first two innings, before exiting after the fifth.
Perhaps facing the Mets will help him recover. Marcum is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two career starts against New York, both last season.
The Brewers, though, have dropped four of five at home to the Mets, and Ryan Braun hasn't managed to homer against them in 16 career meetings there.
Mejia (0-0, 4.50) is scheduled to make his first start in exactly two years. In that outing, the right-hander lasted 2 1-3 innings against Pittsburgh before exiting with a shoulder injury, and he missed all of last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
In his only major league action since, Mejia allowed a solo homer in two innings of relief against Atlanta on Sept. 7.
He was 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 30 games - 14 starts - in the minors before being called up earlier this month.
Mejia has faced the Brewers once, throwing a scoreless inning of relief at Miller Park on May 29, 2010.
Teammate Lucas Duda is 7 for 16 in his last five games, getting two hits and two RBIs while connecting for his 14th homer in his first visit to Milwaukee.
"He changes the look of the batting order because everybody knows he can hit a home run," manager Terry Collins said.
|New York Mets|
|September 12, 2012||Ronny Cedeno||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right hamstring|
|September 07, 2012||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Left knee bruise|
|August 18, 2012||Johan Santana||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 15, 2012||Rob Johnson||60-Day DL||Torn ligament, left thumb|
|August 02, 2012||Tim Byrdak||60-Day DL||Sore left shoulder|
|July 31, 2012||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Strained right thumb|
|September 12, 2012||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Left game - right quad contusion|
|September 09, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right wrist|
|September 09, 2012||Corey Hart||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained left ankle|
|July 29, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||60-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Rickie Weeks continued his torrid hitting and kept the Brewers in the hunt for an NL wild card spot.
Weeks hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning and lift the Brewers to a 9-6 win over the New York Mets on Saturday night.
Trailing 4-1 in the fourth the Brewers rallied for five runs to win for the 19th time in 25 games. Milwaukee leaped ahead of Philadelphia in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot but remained behind St. Louis, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.
"It's just one of those things where we need some help, obviously," Weeks said. "But at the same time we want to get this thing done."
Weeks struggled the first three months of the season, and didn't get his batting average permanently over .200 until July 25. He's been hot lately, batting .343 with seven home runs and 14 RBI in his last 16 games to raise his average to .230.
"I've been swinging the bat pretty well for more than a couple of weeks," Weeks said. "I just keep coming back to the ballpark and working hard. That's all you can do."
The Mets lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
Weeks' homer capped the inning and was his 20th of the season. He also had a double, scored two runs and drove in three. Reliever Brandon Kintzler (2-0) pitched a scoreless fifth to get credit for the victory.
Jenrry Mejia (0-1) pitched three innings in his first major-league start exactly two years after making his last start. He underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery in May 2011.
"His command was off," New York manager Terry Collins said of Mejia. "That's going to be something we certainly have to make sure is first and foremost. It's tough to pitch up here behind in the count."
Mejia, who made his major-league debut in 2010 at the age of 20, had control problems, walking five batters and throwing strikes in just 32 of his 68 pitches. He gave up five runs on six hits and five walks and was removed by manager Terry Collins after the first four Brewers reached base in the fourth inning.
Daniel Murphy had a double and two singles for New York. Ike Davis hit a two-run homer, his 27th, in the ninth for the Mets.
With the Mets leading 4-1, Mejia walked Nyjer Morgan to open the fourth and Jean Segura reached on a bunt single. Pinch-hitter Logan Schafer lined a triple down the right field line to score both runners and bring the Brewers within 4-3.
Mejia then walked Aoki and was removed for Jeremy Hefner . The right-hander's second pitch to Weeks bounced in front of the plate and got past catcher Kelly Shoppach for a wild pitch, scoring Schafer from third to tie the score at 4-4.
Weeks then hit a 1-2 pitch that landed in the netting above the Brewers bullpen, giving Milwaukee a 6-4 lead.
Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa hit an RBI triple in the fifth to make it 7-4. Aoki followed with an RBI single to extend the lead to 8-4.
Weeks' two-out double scored Segura to make it 9-4 in the seventh.
Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum had another ineffective outing, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in just four innings. In five starts after missing 10 weeks with right elbow soreness, Marcum is 0-1 with a 5.70 ERA.
"He's just missing on his location," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don't know if it's a rhythm thing with his delivery, or I don't know what it is."
The Mets scored three runs in the fourth on a squeeze bunt by Mejia to score Jordany Valdespin from third, an RBI single by Ruben Tejada and an RBI double by Murphy.
Notes: Mejia's last major-league start was on Sept. 15, 2010 against Pittsburgh. He underwent surgery on May 16, 2011 and had pitched in relief one other game this year. ... Milwaukee 1B Corey Hart missed his fifth consecutive game with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, but did some running and took swings in the batting cages on Saturday. Roenicke said Hart could return on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. ... Aramis Ramirez dropped a foul popup in the sixth for an error, snapping a streak of 42 errorless games. ... The Mets used eight pitchers and the Brewers used six.