By The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich homered in his return to the lineup, and Zach Davies pitched into the eighth inning, leading the Milwaukee Brewers past the Mets, 3-2, on Sunday for a sweep of their three-game series.
The teams were coming off an 18-inning game on Saturday night, the longest in Miller Park history, that lasted 5 hours 22 minutes.
Yelich, the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award winner last season, was back in the starting lineup after missing five games with lower-back soreness. He lined out as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning of Saturday’s marathon game.
“I want to be out there, for sure,” Yelich said on Sunday, “but I understand that you have to take your time, make sure it’s all good and not lose sight of the bigger picture.”
Yelich hit a two-run, 440-foot homer off Jason Vargas (1-2) that caromed off the third deck in right and gave Milwaukee a 3-0 lead in the third inning.
The Brewers had scored the game’s first run earlier in the inning on Lorenzo Cain’s sacrifice fly.
With their bullpen depleted, the Brewers got a much-needed performance from Davies (4-0), who gave up six hits and two runs in seven and two-thirds innings while throwing a season-high 118 pitches.
“Zach delivered as much as we possibly could have expected,” Manager Craig Counsell said.
Davies had a plan that he hoped would take pressure off the rest of the staff.
“It was about getting quick outs, get deep in the ballgame,” he said.
Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save.
The Mets got a run in the fifth on Tomas Nido’s run-scoring single and added another in the seventh when Juan Lagares hit a two-out solo home run off Davies.
Vargas gave up three hits and three runs in four innings but left for a pinch-hitter in the fifth after experiencing mild hamstring tightness.
“He had a lot of pitches left; it is just unfortunate,” Mets Manager Mickey Calloway said.
Before the game, the Mets moved to replenish their bullpen, optioning Ryan O’Rourke and Chris Flexen to Class AAA Syracuse and recalling Tim Peterson and Tyler Bashlor from there. Flexen took the loss on Saturday after surrendering the winning hit to Ryan Braun in the 18th.
In other Mets pitching news, the left-hander Steven Matz has been sent back to New York to have a forearm nerve problem examined, Callaway said.
“He wasn’t able to throw his bullpen today,” the manager said. “We figured we better go get it checked out.”