After an error by Clayton on a potential double play grounder loaded the bases, DeJean retired
on a game-ending double play as the Brewers held on for a 3-2 victory over the
New York Mets
Milwaukee snapped a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh off reliever David Weathers (1-1).
John Vander Wal
started the inning with singles and
sacrificed them into scoring position.
Clayton was intentionally walked to load the bases and pinch hitter
- a former Met- lifted a sacrifice fly to center off
made the catch, but his throw reached catcher
on three bounces as Vander Wal slid across the plate.
The Mets, who were 29-9 against the Brewers, squandered golden opportunities in the eighth and ninth innings.
to start the eighth and
followed with a single. But Piazza grounded into a double play and Vizcaino struck out
to strand Alomar at third base.
In the ninth,
and Perez singled off DeJean with one out.
followed with a grounder to shortstop that bounced off Clayton's chest. Clayton quickly retrieved it and fired to first, but Sanchez beat the throw.
"(Clayton) can make that play, but it's unbelievable how hard those plays are," DeJean said. "It's a tougher play than what it looks like."
DeJean did not let the miscue affect him. On his second pitch, Gonzalez hit a grounder to third baseman Helms, who threw to catcher Perez for the forceout. Perez fired to first to complete the double play.
"It's not a common double play, but you play your third baseman in right there just for that," Brewers manager
said. "He hit the ball perfectly to Wes, and Wes made a perfect throw home and Eddie made a perfect throw to first."
"I felt very good about my sinker. I was really confident I could get the ground ball," said DeJean, who earned his fifth save in six chances.
(2-0) pitched a hitless inning for the win.
The loss was the sixth in seven games for the Mets.
"This was a frustrating one because we had so many chances," New York manager
said. "They gave us a golden opportunity in the ninth when they made the error. But the double play ball was the bugaboo tonight. We hit into double plays at the wrong time."
While the Mets blew their chances, the Brewers maximized their four hits.
hit a solo homer in the fourth and doubled in the sixth. Those were the only hits off Mets rookie Jae Seo, who allowed two runs in six innings. Young advanced to third on a wild pitch in the sixth but had to leave with a strained right quadriceps muscle.
ran for Young at third base and scored when a grounder by
went off the heel of shortstop
's glove. Sanchez recovered and threw out Sexson at first as Ginter scored the tying run.
Seo struck out a season-high six but also walked two, double the total in his first 31 2/3 innings this season.
"He pitched six strong innings and kept us in the ballgame," Howe said. "He did a very nice job. He wasn't overpowering, but he did all you can ask."
"I am frustrated about losing, but this is baseball," Seo said through an interpreter. "I'm happy with the way I pitched, but I lost the plate a little in the fourth inning."
made his first start of the season for Milwaukee and gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.
The Mets scored both runs in the fourth. Taking advantage of his chance to play with
going on the 15-day disabled list,
hit a 445-foot homer to right. It was his fifth in 35 at-bats.
Wigginton followed with a triple to center and scored on a single by Perez, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead.
"I threw two pitches I shouldn't have," Quevedo said. "Otherwise, I'm satisfied I was able to pitch six innings."