Top 1: Mets get two base runners but strand them on two strikeouts.
Bottom 1: Mike Pelfrey sits the Brewers down 1-2-3.
Top 2: Brian Schneider gets a two-out hit, clearing the pitcher spot. Pelfrey strikes out.
Bottom 2: With two outs, David Wright commits his second error in as many games, allowing Mat Gamel to reach second. Wright makes up for it by getting the third out.
Top 3: Mets go down in order. Wright strikes out for the second straight time.
Bottom 3: Pelfrey gets two strikeouts. It’s turning out to be a pitching duel.
Top 4: Nick Evans hits a double after Ryan Church grounds out. Daniel Murphy strikes out looking for the second time. Fernando Martinez flies out.
Bottom 4: Two batters reach base, but Prince Fielder hits into a double play to end the inning.
Top 5: Mets go in order. Yovani Gallardo has struck out nine Mets.
Bottom 5: Pelfrey induces another double play to end the inning.
Top 6: Luis Castillo leads off with a double. Wright strikes out again. Maybe he should’ve had that day off after all. Church hits an RBI single, scoring Castillo. 1-0 Mets. Church thrown out on steal attempt. Evans walks. Murphy flies out to deep right field.
Bottom 6: Craig Counsell singles and steals second with one out. JJ Hardy grounds out. Ryan Braun lines out.
Top 7: Mets go in order again, striking out two more times. Gallardo now has 12 strikeouts.
Bottom 7: Prince Fielder singles. Pelfrey bluffs a throw to first but is called for a balk. Fielder picked off second. Corey Hart grounds out. Gamel strikes out, Pelfrey’s fifth K.
Top 8: Gallardo’s out of the game. Cora pops up. Castillo flies out. Wright grounds out.
Bottom 8: Pelfrey starts the inning, getting the first two outs in short order. Pinch hitter Frank Catalanotto singles. Counsell walks. Sean Green comes in to relieve Pelfrey, who pitched brilliantly today. Hardy hits into a fielder’s choice.
Top 9: Church grounds out. Evans grounds out. Murphy flies out. It’s K-Rod time!
Bottom 9: Braun gets a leadoff single. Fielder lines out. Hart grounds out. Casey McGehee grounds out to short. Rodriguez gets the save; Pelfrey gets the win and the Mets end their five-game losing streak. It was their second 1-0 win over the Brewers this season.
The Marlins beat the Nationals earlier today, so the Mets don’t gain any ground on them. They are in a win-win situation when the Phillies play the Braves tonight. If the Phillies lose, the Mets move one game closer. If the Braves lose, the Mets gain a two-game margin on them.
The Mets next face the Pirates in Pittsburgh at 12:05 p.m. Thursday in a makeup game before heading to Philadelphia for a very important weekend series. Tim Redding takes the mound tomorrow.