Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Duda Hr Caps an Amazin' Comeback

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Duda Hr Caps an Amazin' Comeback

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MILWAUKEE - Down to its final three outs, a Mets offense that had been lifeless for the first 17 innings of this series suddenly erupted.

Double, RBI single, and then the biggest hit of all, a two-run homer by Lucas Duda in the ninth that gave the Mets the lead for good.

The Mets rallied against Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez to defeat the Brewers, 3-2, on Friday night at Miller Park. The Mets (49-54) scored three times in the ninth, all before an out was recorded, to pick up what could be a galvanizing victory.

Trailing 2-0, as the Mets again were struggling to score, a problem since they have had since returning from the All-Star break, when they pounced on former Met Rodriguez.

Daniel Murphy led off with a first-pitch double to left, and David Wright's RBI single sliced the Brewers' lead to 2-1. On the first pitch of the next at-bat, Duda rocketed his 17th home run into the Mets bullpen in right to give them a 3-2 lead.

Duda's homer, his second in as many days and his third in the eight games since the All-Star break, allowed the Mets to avoid what would have been consecutive dismal losses. They were stymied Thursday in the series opener, 9-1, by Matt Garza.

"I just kind of got lucky. Got a fastball, I put the barrel on it," Duda said. "Definitely a big win. Zach did a great job. Glad to get the win."

"We were sitting there in the eighth saying how tough a loss it would've been. It's a huge win for us," manager Terry Collins said.

"That was plus stuff against a great lineup," Collins said of starter Zach Wheeler, who struck out nine and gave up three hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"I think I was a little effectively wild. It worked to my advantage this time," Wheeler said.

The game was scoreless in the sixth when Wheeler walked Rickie Weeks to start the inning and induced what should have been a double- play ball by Ryan Braun.

But the ball went under second baseman Murphy's glove, putting runners on the corners. It was Murphy's second error of the game. …

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