A day after getting one of their stars back from suspension, the Milwaukee Brewers could see another top player return from injury.
Neither Segura nor Carlos Gomez , who was suspended one game for his role in the fracas between Milwaukee and Atlanta on Wednesday, were needed for a 4-2 series-opening win on Thursday. Gomez returned Friday, going 0 for 3 with a walk, but the Brewers (73-87) rode home runs from Norichika Aoki , Khris Davis and Martin Maldonado for another 4-2 victory, their ninth in 10 meetings at Citi Field.
A win Saturday would clinch Milwaukee's fifth series victory in its last seven to end the year. The club has won nine of 13.
Segura has missed nine straight contests due to a strained right hamstring, but manager Ron Roenicke said he could start Saturday. He's hitting .296 in 145 games and his 44 stolen bases have him tied with New York's Eric Young for the NL lead.
Wright, who has played in five games since returning from his own strained right hamstring, missed Friday's contest due to a thumb injury. He cleared concussion tests after a changeup to the helmet forced him to leave Thursday's opener, but jammed his right thumb while hitting the dirt on the same play. The Mets (73-87) could use his bat after totaling 11 runs over their last five games.
They'll dig in Saturday against Milwaukee's Jimmy Nelson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) in his first major league start. The right-hander is filling in for Wily Peralta , who was shut down for the year due to a blister on his index finger.
Regarded by many as the Brewers' top prospect, Nelson has thrown five scoreless innings over three relief appearances, yielding one hit and two walks. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz told the team's website that no pitch count has been set.
"I just think we want to see how he approaches the game, and it will give him the opportunity to say he has the experience of starting a big league game going into the offseason," Kranitz said.
New York counters with Aaron Harang (0-1, 4.24), who is trying to end a nine-start winless stretch extending to his time with Seattle, though he's been better in his three starts since being signed by the Mets.
Harang is 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA in five starts versus Milwaukee since 2010.
Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez sat out the first two games of this series after aggravating a knee injury when the benches cleared Wednesday, but could return to play this weekend. He's 21 for 63 off Harang with five homers.
Aoki, who homered to lead off Friday's contest, is 15 for 33 (.455) over his last eight games with nine runs.
Davis left after suffering a tight hamstring and strained quadriceps while trying to leg out a groundball in the eighth, but Roenicke is hopeful he'll be able to play Saturday.
|September 27, 2013||Khris Davis||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|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|
|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) -- Carlos Gomez homered and had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday.
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs to help the Brewers (74-87) win their fourth straight as they put together a strong finish to a disappointing season. Milwaukee has won the first three in a four-game set at Citi Field - all by the same score - to give the club five victories in its final seven series.
Despite their punchless finish, the Mets are poised to retain manager Terry Collins.
Three people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Collins is close to an agreement to return. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized and no announcement had been made. Collins' current contract expires after this season, his third in charge of the Mets.
The team is expected to announce an extension for Collins at a news conference Monday, the day after the season ends. He is nearing a two-year contract, one of the people said, perhaps with a team option for 2016.
Eric Young Jr. singled home the tying run in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch from rookie Donovan Hand . David Wright had a chance to win it, but he grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl drew a four-pitch walk from Scott Atchison (3-3) to start the 10th and went to third on Jonathan Lucroy 's broken-bat single. Gomez followed with a flare to right-center to put Milwaukee ahead. Betancourt added an RBI single that made it 4-2.
Hand (1-5) initially tried for a six-out save and instead wound up with his first major league win. With the Brewers resting closer Jim Henderson , Alfredo Figaro got three straight outs for his first career save.
Milwaukee has won six of seven and 12 of 17 overall.
Gomez also had two stolen bases - both in the second inning - to give him 39 this season. The All-Star center fielder sat out the series opener while 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 .
Wright went 0 for 5 and stranded six runners after sitting out Friday night with a sore right thumb. He grounded out ending the seventh, leaving three aboard after New York loaded the bases with no outs.
Young lined out to center field and Lucas Duda popped up before Wright came to bat. The Mets, who have managed 13 runs in their last six games, are 2 for 27 with runners in scoring position during the series.
Gomez singled off rookie Vic Black in the eighth before Betancourt's bases-loaded sacrifice fly gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
All-Star shortstop Jean Segura returned to Milwaukee's lineup after missing nine games because of a strained right hamstring, but was lifted for Jeff Bianchi in the eighth. Segura and Young remained tied for tops in the NL with 44 stolen bases.
Brewers prospect Jimmy Nelson allowed one hit over five innings in his first major league start.
Gomez hit his 24th homer in the fourth off starter Aaron Harang , a drive that bounced up onto the left-field concourse beneath the restaurant windows.
NOTES: The Brewers announced that all of manager Ron Roenicke 's coaches will return next season. Triple-A Nashville manager Mike Guerrero will join the big league coaching staff as well. Roenicke said he thinks Guerrero's ability to speak the same language as some of the team's Latin players will be valuable. ... LF Khris Davis will miss the final two games of the season with a strained left hamstring. He was injured trying to beat out a grounder Friday night. ... Aramis Ramirez (left knee) had a pinch-hit single. ... RF Norichika Aoki 's name was written in Japanese on the lineup card posted inside the clubhouse. ... The Mets will induct former catcher Mike Piazza into their Hall of Fame before the season finale Sunday. LHP Jonathon Niese (8-8, 3.74 ERA) might be limited to about 85 pitches, Collins said.