MILWAUKEE -- Chris Young (4-8) picked up all four of his wins on the road this season, but he and the Mets came up empty in a 3-0 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park in the finale of the weekend series.
Young’s gopherballs: Ryan Braun hit two solo shots, extending his NL lead to 40, and Aramis Ramirez added the other as Young kept everybody else in check. He allowed eight hits with two strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings in his first loss to Milwaukee in three career starts.
Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta ended Young’s 18th start this season with a double in the seventh. Josh Edgin took over for Young and walked Norichika Aoki, the only batter he’d face. Manny Acosta ended the threat when he retired the next batter, Rickie Weeks, on a fly to right.
September call-up shuts out Mets: Josh Thole and Andres Torres had the only hits, both singles, off Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (2-0). The big right-hander went eight stellar innings, struck out five and did not walk a batter until the eighth when Thole worked him for seven pitches and drew a walk. Peralta retired 24 of the 27 Mets he faced.
Dubious achievements: Lucas Duda struck out swinging in the second and became the Brewers' 1,259th strikeout victim this season, a franchise record. Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta struck out David Wright and Ike Davis before getting Duda.
Young served up Braun’s 200th and 201st career home runs. The solo shot in the fourth extended Braun’s NL-leading total to 39 and two innings later, he connected on a 2-2 pitch for his 40th. It was the seventh time in Brewers’ franchise history that a player reached 40 home runs.
Young was also victimized by Ramirez who followed Braun’s fourth-inning clout with a solo shot, marking the ninth time the Brewers have gone back-to-back this season. They're still playing meaningful games in September -- just two games out of the wild card at the moment.
Burning rubber: The Mets, 7-5 in their last 12 games away from Citi Field, slipped to 5-8 this season in rubber games, including 1-5 on the road.
Ed Kranepool Watch: David Wright went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, leaving him with 1,411 career hits, seven shy of tying Ed Kranepool for most in franchise history.
What's next: The Mets face the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field at the start of this season’s final homestand, a 10-gamer. R.A. Dickey (18-5, 2.88 ERA) faces Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36 ERA) on Monday night; Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92 ERA) goes against Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95 ERA) on Tuesday night,; and either Collin McHugh or Jeremy Hefner will take on Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06 ERA) on Wednesday night.