MILWAUKEE -- So much for the pregame meeting.
Bartolo Colon allowed hits to the first four batters he faced and the New York Mets never overcame that early hole. The Amazins dropped under .500 for the first time since April 11 with a 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night at Miller Park.
The Mets are 0-7 on their road trip to Toronto, Atlanta and Milwaukee with just a matinee remaining against the Brewers on Thursday. The seven-game losing streak is the team’s longest since April 10-16, 2011 -- during the opening weeks of the regime of general manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins.
The Mets (36-37) have scored only nine runs during the trip.
Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson, who entered with a 4.64 ERA, limited the Mets to two hits in eight innings. The lone damage against him came on a solo homer by Curtis Granderson in the fourth. Nelson had allowed 20 hits in 10 innings over his previous two starts. The Mets also were hitless in the final six innings of Tuesday’s series opener.
The Mets dropped to 10-26 on the road. Only the lowly Philadelphia Phillies, at 9-29, are worse.
Milwaukee clinched only its second home-series win this season.
Collins had met with the players before the game to tell them to “relax” -- in essence, stop trying to do too much and making things worse.
But Colon put the Mets in an immediate rut. He allowed a double to Gerardo Parra, singles to Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun, then a double to Adam Lind as the Brewers grabbed a 2-0 lead and had two runners in scoring position before an out was recorded in the first inning. However, Colon wriggled free of further damage that frame.
From there, he kept the Brewers off the scoreboard until the fifth. Then, Colon was late covering first base on Braun’s grounder to Lucas Duda, and Braun beat the flip for a two-out infield single. Carlos Gomez ultimately delivered an RBI single that staked Milwaukee to a 3-1 lead. Scooter Gennett added a solo homer in the sixth.
Colon allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings.
It marked Colon’s second straight subpar outing as his ERA swelled to 4.89. He allowed seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings on Thursday at Toronto.
Meanwhile, Granderson’s long ball gave him a team-leading 11. Nine of those homers have been solo shots.
What’s next: Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.34 ERA) opposes right-hander Taylor Jungmann (2-1, 3.50) at 2:10 p.m. ET Thursday. The Mets will be attempting to avoid a loss and an 0-8 trip, which would make it the third-worst in franchise history. They were 0-10 on a trip to Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh in 1991 and 0-9 on a trip to Cincinnati, Atlanta and Houston in 1982.