Wright homered and drove in six runs, helping Zambrano win his
Mets debut Thursday in an 11-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
"Some guys go a career without (six RBI)," New York manager
Art Howe said. "He was Johnny on the spot."
Wright, who entered with only four career RBI, hit a three-run
homer in the first inning and a three-run double in the fourth as
New York completed a three-game sweep. The highly touted third
baseman finished one short of the team record for RBI by a rookie,
set by Jeromy Burnitz on Aug. 5, 1993, against Montreal.
The Mets sent prized pitching prospect Scott Kazmir to Tampa Bay
on July 30 in a trade for Zambrano (1-0), who was 9-7 with the
Devil Rays and 0-3 in his last four starts.
The right-hander won for just the third time on the road this
season despite allowing six runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in
5 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three in his first
win since July 3 at Florida.
"He was very solid," Howe said. "Once he got through the
first inning, he was in command."
Milwaukee starter Victor Santos (9-7) lasted just 3 2-3 innings.
The right-hander, who lost his fourth start in a row, gave up nine
runs, six earned, and six hits.
"Today, he wasn't very good," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
"Those other three games, we didn't score runs for him."
It didn't matter who was pitching to Wright, who was called up
from Triple-A Norfolk on July 21.
"It was a good at-bat," Wright said. "I was down in the count
and battled. It was a breaking ball. I relaxed and it felt good."
In the fourth, Richard Hidalgo hit a run-scoring single to chase
Santos. Two batters later, Wright's three-run double gave New York
a 10-3 lead.
Wright also doubled in the sixth inning and scored on Wilson's
In his last four games, Wright is 7-for-17 with two homers, five
runs, eight RBI and three doubles.
The Brewers finished 3-7 on their homestand and are a season-low
five games under .500.
"It was ugly," Yost said. "There's no getting around it.
Today was definitely not one of our better days."
The only other time in major league history that both
starting pitchers were named Victor was in 1931 when Vic Frasier of
the White Sox and Vic Sorrell of the Tigers met three times,
according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... The teams combined for
nine runs and seven hits in the first inning. ... The Mets hit
back-to-back homers for the sixth time this season and first since
July 18 against Philadelphia. ... New York swept Milwaukee for the
first time since April 26-28, 2002, at Shea Stadium. The last time
the Mets swept the Brewers on the road was Aug. 2-4, 1999, at
County Stadium. ... Santos is 2-6 in 10 starts at Miller Park. ...
New York's Jose Parra was to begin his rehabilitation assignment
Thursday night with Double-A Binghamton. ... The Mets have 16 home
runs in their last 10 games.
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