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Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2003 6:54 PM EDT
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R H E
4 9 1
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3 8 1
W Kinney (7-8)
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MILWAUKEE 4, NY METS 3
 

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Matt Kinney threw six-plus solid innings for his first win in over a month and Keith Ginter had two hits and scored twice to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets .

Kinney (7-8) gave up one run and four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in his first win since June 27. The righthander was 0-2 in his last five starts, all Brewers losses.

"It felt good to finally get a win again," Kinney said. "After some bad outing, I have something to build on. I would just like to go back to the way I was earlier in the season. I wasn't trying to pin-point. I was just throwing strikes. When you go deep in the count, the guys catch up to you the next time around."

After former closer Mike DeJean gave up two runs in the eighth, Dan Kolb allowed two hits and struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.

The Brewers won the season series, 6-3.

"It was a big game for us," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "After you win the first two, you don't want to be leaving 2-2. Kinney gave us a good game. He was able to rebound. He cut down on his walks and attacked the hitters. The wind blowing in didn't hurt."

Ginter went to third base in the bottom of the fifth when Wes Helms left the game after aggravating a strained right hamstring. He led off the sixth with a single and one out later moved to second on a groundout.

Rookie Aaron Heilman , who battled control problems, walked Kinney and Scott Podsednik delivered an RBI single to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

Heilman (1-4) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits with season highs of six walks and seven strikeouts.

Kinney was replaced by Leo Estrella after Raul Gonzalez led off the seventh with a walk and Tony Clark followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Estrella struck out pinch hitter Cliff Floyd , but balked in a run. He escaped further trouble as rookie Jeff Duncan lined out to Podsednik, who doubled off Clark at second.

Ginter started the eighth with a double off Edwin Almonte and Eddie Perez followed with an RBI single to give the Brewers a 3-1 lead. Perez moved to second on a sacrifice and came all the way home when Almonte uncorked a wild pitch that bounced up the first base line.

"I didn't think about scoring, but once I saw it go up the line I saw I had a shot. They (my teammates) were calling me 'Seabiscuit,'" Perez said. "I surprised myself."

"It hit the plate and went off my mask," Mets catcher Jason Phillips said. "It was a bad break. You won't see that happening again too soon."

Roger Cedeno led off the bottom of the eighth and reached on an error in front of a double by rookie Jose Reyes . Cedeno came home on a groundout and Phillips delivered a run-scoring single to make it 4-3. DeJean walked rookie Ty Wigginton , but got Gonzalez to foul out and Clark to line out.


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