EditorsNote: Edit 1: Fixed Mets’ record in 13th graf.
Christian Yelich hit his major league-leading 14th homer and Josh Hader recorded a six-out save as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers recorded an 8-6 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night.
The reigning National League MVP gave Milwaukee a 5-1 lead when he parked a full-count changeup from Noah Syndergaard (1-3) over the right-center field fence.
Yelich tied the major league record for homers before May 1. He shares the mark with Albert Pujols (2006) and Alex Rodriguez (2007).
Ben Gamel preceded Yelich’s latest homer with a home run in the fourth as Milwaukee beat the Mets for the second straight night.
Yelich reached four times.
He also scored on a two-run bases-loaded single by Eric Thames in the third and added an RBI infield single just inside the first-base side foul line in the eighth.
Mike Moustakas added an RBI single in the sixth off Robert Gsellman — one pitch after Yelich was intentionally walked.
Yasmani Grandal contributed an RBI groundout in the eighth.
Milwaukee scored its first run in the first inning when Lorenzo Cain scored from first base on a throwing error by rookie first baseman Peter Alonso. After Moustakas grounded out to third, Alonso tried to get the double play but his throw sailed into center field and Cain easily scored.
After taking a five-run lead, Milwaukee sweated out the seventh before adding two insurance runs in the eighth.
Alex Claudio gave up a long two-run homer to Alonso on a full-count changeup into the left-field seats to make it a 6-5 game in the seventh. Claudio then preserved the one-run lead by striking out Michael Conforto.
Amed Rosario had an RBI single in the eighth off Jeremy Jeffress to make it 8-6. Hader entered and struck out the side with two runners on before getting two more strikeouts in the ninth to notch his sixth save.
Before the seventh, Conforto had a bases-loaded walk in the fourth for the Mets, who lost for the eighth time in 12 games and dropped to .500 for the first time this year at 13-13. Rosario led off the seventh with a homer off Alex Wilson, who put two on before Alonso hit his ninth homer.
Syndergaard allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings. He saw his ERA climb from 5.90 to 6.35 and allowed at least 10 hits for the fifth time in his career.
Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff (3-1) allowed one run on six hits in five innings.
—Field Level Media