7,460: Mets score early in 9-2 win to sweep Brewers, lead N.L. East by 3

The Mets jumped on Milwaukee starter Dave Bush for six runs in the top of the first Wednesday afternoon to complete a sweep of the Brewers with a 9-2 victory.

The first-inning rally began with singles by Daniel Murphy and David Wright, followed by an RBI single by Carlos Delgado. After Carlos Beltran walked, Ryan Church killed a ball over the right field fence for a grand slam. Brian Schneider made it 6-0 with a solo homer to right.

Oliver Perez provided a solid start, going 6 2/3 innings while giving up two earned runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five. He lost his no-hitter in the bottom of the first when shortstop hitter J.J. Hardy singled to left, making it 7,460 New York Mets games without a no-no.

New York added two more runs in the eighth after Beltran and Luis Castillo pulled off a double-steal and pinch-hitter Nick Evans brought them home with a soft single just out of the reach of Hardy’s glove. They made it 9-2 in the ninth after Murphy led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a deep sacrifice fly by Wright.

The Mets’ bullpen has now gone more than 15 innings without giving up a run.

The Mets end their road trip with a 6-2 record and get a day off before beginning a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night at Shea. The Mets are now three games up on Philadelphia in the N.L. East, as the Washington Nationals rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night to beat the Phils 9-7.

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