Having Carlos Gomez back may keep it that way.
Gomez is scheduled to return from his suspension Friday night when the Brewers attempt to continue their success at Citi Field.
Milwaukee (72-87) has won eight of nine visits to Flushing after taking the opener of this four-game set 4-2 on Thursday.
The Brewers won despite being without Gomez, who was serving a one-game suspension for inciting a benches-clearing brawl with Atlanta in Wednesday's 4-0 victory.
The center fielder is expected back in the lineup, and that should provide a lift. He leads Milwaukee with a career-high 23 homers and his 71 RBIs are a personal best.
That power and production has been on display over the past nine games. He's only 7 for 32 (.219) in that stretch, but has four homers, a double, triple and eight RBIs.
Milwaukee looks to win for the fifth time in six games overall as it sends Yovani Gallardo (11-10, 4.23 ERA) to the mound.
The right-hander has been impressive since returning from a strained left hamstring, going 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in seven starts.
He had been 2-3 with a 7.22 ERA over his previous seven outings.
Gallardo's season ERA is his highest in seven years in the majors, while his 138 strikeouts follow four straight seasons of at least 200.
"You want to finish off the year strong and end on a positive note," Gallardo told the team's official website. "Ever since I came off the DL, things have been falling into place."
Gallardo's latest effort was wasted in Saturday's 7-2 loss to St. Louis as he yielded two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
He earned a 7-6 home win over the Mets (73-86) on July 6, allowing four runs in six innings.
Gallardo has had little trouble with David Wright , limiting him to 3 for 19 with a homer.
Wright left the series opener after he was hit in the head by a changeup from Johnny Hellweg in the third inning. The All-Star third baseman is 6 for 15 with two homers and three RBIs in five games after returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for 46.
"I feel pretty good. I passed all the concussion tests," Wright said. "I went through that protocol. It seems like it's good."
Eric Young Jr. is looking to move into sole possession of the NL lead in stolen bases after getting two Thursday to tie Milwaukee's Jean Segura at 44.
Young has swiped five bases over the past seven games, while Segura has been sidelined for eight with a hamstring strain.
Getting the ball for the Mets will be Carlos Torres (4-5, 3.36), who probably shouldn't expect much offensive support.
New York has averaged 2.6 runs and batted .210 over its last 19 games.
Torres, though, didn't need much help in Sunday's 4-3 win at Philadelphia. He allowed two runs with six strikeouts over six innings to outpitch Cliff Lee .
He had been 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA while giving up five homers over the previous three games - two starts.
|September 25, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left knee soreness|
|September 19, 2013||Khris Davis||Day-to-Day||Wrist|
|September 18, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|September 13, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left wrist contusion|
|September 06, 2013||Khris Davis||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|August 15, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right knee|
|New York Mets|
|September 26, 2013||David Wright||Day-to-Day||Head|
|September 19, 2013||Ruben Tejada||Day-to-Day||Broken right fibula - out for season|
|September 17, 2013||Travis d'Arnaud||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right shoulder|
|September 14, 2013||Frank Francisco||Day-to-Day||Thumb contusion|
|September 10, 2013||Justin Turner||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|September 09, 2013||Scott Rice||60-Day DL||Sports hernia|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Norichika Aoki got some good news during batting practice and turned it into a great night all-around.
Aoki hit a leadoff homer, Khris Davis connected three batters later and Yovani Gallardo pitched the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.
Before the game, Aoki found out from Japanese reporters that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said the team will pick up the outfielder's $1.5 million option for next season.
"I didn't know about it until I heard today, and I'm excited to be part of the Brewers again," Aoki said through a translator. "I'm very thankful."
Martin Maldonado also homered and Gallardo (12-10) went six innings to end his inconsistent season with a win.
The right-hander, who won 33 games over the previous two years, finished 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA in eight starts since returning from a strained left hamstring.
"Being on the DL for those two weeks just kind of lets you reset, kind of have a fresh start," Gallardo said. "And ever since then I've been feeling good."
The fourth-place Brewers are closing strong, too. They have won three straight and five of six, giving them nine victories in their last 10 road games against New York.
"We count on Yo. He's not a guy that I have a question mark about. So it's really important for him to finish well and knowing next year, coming into the season, that we're going to get the same guy that we've been used to for all these years. Somebody you can count on every time he's out there," manager Ron Roenicke said. "From when he came back off the DL, I don't have those questions anymore."
Brandon Kintzler worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save in 32 tries.
The punchless Mets played without All-Star third baseman David Wright , who sat out with a sore right thumb, and lost 4-2 to Milwaukee for the second consecutive game.
Wright was sidelined one night after he was hit in the helmet by an 86 mph changeup. The Mets reiterated that Wright's head is fine - he said he passed all the concussion tests - but the medical staff recommended he rest his thumb for a day.
The star slugger jammed his thumb when he hit the dirt after he was plunked by a pitch from Johnny Hellweg .
All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez was back in the Brewers' lineup after serving a one-game suspension for touching off a bench-clearing fracas Wednesday in Atlanta when he admired his homer and yelled at Braves starter Paul Maholm .
Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez aggravated a left knee injury during the fray and has missed the last two games. Ramirez expected to take batting practice and could return this weekend, Roenicke said.
Jean Segura sat out his ninth consecutive game because of a strained right hamstring, but Roenicke said the All-Star shortstop would probably be available off the bench and might start Saturday.
Segura and Eric Young Jr. of the Mets are tied for the NL lead with 44 stolen bases.
Aoki sent the fourth pitch from Carlos Torres (4-6) to right field for his second career leadoff homer.
"He smoked it, too. That one really sounded good," Roenicke said.
Scooter Gennett struck out but reached on a wild pitch. One out later, Davis drove a hanging breaking ball to left for his 11th home run.
Davis grabbed at his left leg while trying to beat out an eighth-inning grounder. He came out with a tight left hamstring and strained right quadriceps.
"I think he's OK. We're thinking more it's, he's kind of dehydrated and didn't probably drink as much water as he should," Roenicke said. "I'm hoping he'll be OK tomorrow."
Justin Turner knocked in a run with an infield single in the sixth to cut it to 3-2. New York had the bases loaded with one out, but Gallardo struck out Juan Lagares before Daniel Murphy tried to score from third on a pitch in the dirt.
Maldonado blocked the ball in front of him and scrambled back in time to tag Murphy, who tried to hurdle the catcher at home plate.
"Took a chance," Murphy said. "It's two outs, two strikes right there. Gallardo's out pitch is a curveball and I was looking for a dirtball and I got one. I just didn't trust the first read and once I hesitated, I was out. Probably should have shut it down but I didn't."
NOTES: Milwaukee C Jonathan Lucroy made his ninth start this season at first base. ... Brewers prospect Jimmy Nelson makes his first major league start Saturday against RHP Aaron Harang . ... Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (8-8) will start the season finale Sunday against RHP Marco Estrada (7-4).