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Brewers first in National League Central; McGehee's grand slam propels win over Mets

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The Milwaukee Brewers are back in sole possession of first place in the National League Central, after beating the New York Mets 10-6 Monday at Miller Park.

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The Brewers now have a one-game lead, after the second-place Cardinals got crushed by San Francisco 10-0.

Casey McGehee went from being a goat to a hero for the Brewers. He dropped an easy pop-up with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, and Brian Schneider then hit a two-run double to cut Milwaukee's lead to 3-2.

But in the bottom of the sixth, McGehee hit a grand slam to break the game open.

The Brewers had 19 hits, the most at home since 2005. J.J Hardy went 4-4 with a walk and a solo homer.

Jason Kendall went 3-4 with an RBI.

Craig Counsell singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest on the Brewers this season.

Braden Looper gave up three runs in six and one-third innings to get the win. He's now 6-4.

Trevor Hoffman got his 18th save.

For the Mets, ex-Brewer Gary Sheffield and three hits and three RBI's, including a two-run homer.

And Ryan Church had four hits, as New York pounded out 13 hits in losing its fourth straight game.

Fernando Nieve, who came in with a 1.31 ERA, gave up three runs in three and one-third innings for the loss. He's 3-1.

The Brewers have won four of their last six, and will host the Mets again tonight. Right-hander Mike Burns faces Mets' southpaw Johan Santana.

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