MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning, Brandon Woodruff pitched five solid innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Mets, 3-1, on Friday night.
Braun had three hits to lift his average to .226, including his seventh home run of the season. Milwaukee played its fifth consecutive game without MVP Christian Yelich, who continues to deal with low back discomfort.
Woodruff (4-1) gave up six hits and one run in five innings to beat the Mets for the second time in a week. He walked two and struck out seven.
Josh Hader got six outs for his eighth save in eight tries. Hader allowed the first two batters in the ninth to reach before striking out the next three.
The Mets jumped ahead, 1-0, in the first on Wilson Ramos’s single. The Brewers tied it in their half of the inning on Lorenzo Cain’s leadoff homer, the fifth of his career and second this season.
Braun took Steven Matz (3-2) deep to straightaway center.
Matz allowed nine hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
The Mets selected the contract of infielder Adeiny Hechavarría from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned 1B Dominic Smith. “Adeiny can really help us,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “Defensively, he’s going to allow us to deal with a double switch at a lot of different positions. He’s been swinging the bat great.”
Mets reliever Luis Avilan left in the eighth with an undisclosed injury. After Avilan struck out Ben Gamel, catcher Ramos visited the mound and motioned for the trainer.
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