Braun drives in four runs, Burns gets first big league win as Brewers top Mets
Ryan Braun drove in four runs, and Mike Burns got his first Major League victory as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the New York Mets 6-3 Tuesday at Miller Park.
The Brewers scored four times in the fourth inning, as New York looked more like Casey Stengel's mistake-prone Mets from the 1960s.
Johan Santana walked Burns. Corey Hart's routine fly to center became a double when Fernando Martinez slipped on the turf just before the ball landed.
Santana walked J.J. Hardy. Mets' pitching coach Dan Warthen came out to talk to Santana, and got ejected when he complained to the plate umpire about his tight strike zone.
And then Braun hit a shot over Gary Sheffield's head in left, clearing the bases before Santana threw over David Wright's head at third base to score Braun. Hart and Braun both had three hits as Milwaukee out-hit the Mets 10-9.
Prince Fielder homered for the Brewers. Wright and Martinez homered for the Mets, who had a 28-minute closed-door meeting after they lost their fifth straight game.
Santana took the loss to drop to 9-6, giving up six runs in six innings.
Burns gave up two runs on five hits in six and two-thirds innings to improve his record to 1-1.
Milwaukee also extended its lead in the National League Central to two games over St. Louis, after the Cardinals lost their second straight to San Francisco 6-3.
The Brewers won their first Miller Park series over the Mets since 2006, and they'll go for the sweep this afternoon.
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo faces Mets' right-hander Mike Pelfrey.