Jason Bay, in an 0-for-23 rut, met with Terry Collins and mutually agreed to sit for at least two games while trying to regroup. Replacement left fielder Jason Pridie then played a role in the Mets' opening two runs in a 4-1 rubber-game win against the Brewers on Thursday night. Milwaukee lost only its second home series this season.
Friday's news reports:
• Jon Niese retired the first 11 batters he faced and pitched two outs into the eighth. Francisco Rodriguez then recorded the final four outs. Read game stories in the Times, Daily News, Record, Newsday, Post and Star-Ledger.
• Nick Evans, hitless in 11 at-bats this season, was designated for assignment after the game. He has the right to declare free agency assuming he clears waivers, although his best short-term move financially would be sticking with the Mets at Triple-A Buffalo. The Mets did not announce the corresponding move, but Lucas Duda is expected to join the team in Pittsburgh on Friday.
• Bob Melvin, who was a finalist for the Mets managerial job last offseason, was hired by Oakland as interim manager for the remainder of the season and likely beyond. He replaces Bob Geren. Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.
• Newsday's David Lennon speaks with Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez, who had a dazzling catch against Carlos Beltran to take away a homer in the series. Gomez's offensive struggles -- he's a free swinger with little plate discipline -- have relegated him to facing southpaws, with Nyjer Morgan getting the bulk of the starts in center field. Still, his speed in center field is hard to find elsewhere. Gomez went to Minnesota with Philip Humber in the Johan Santana trade, and subsequently found his way to Milwaukee. "What I see with Gomez is that he tries to do too much," Beltran told Lennon. "In this game, you need to be under control. There were times when he was here, maybe he was 2-for-2 in a game, and his third at-bat would be a different approach than the first two because he wanted to do something bigger, or hit a home run."
BIRTHDAY: Former Mets outfielder and current Yankees broadcaster Ken Singleton turns 64. Singleton was the No. 3 pick in the 1967 draft and played for the Mets in 1970 and 1971. He was the key component in a Mets-Expos trade in 1972 that paid dividends with the arrival of popular Rusty Staub. Singleton hit .282 with 246 home runs in a career spanning more than 2,000 games. -Mark Simon