Ohka dominates as Brewers end Mets' winning streak

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tomo Ohka came up to the plate with the score tied in the fourth inning and two on, just after Chad Moeller's bloop near the right-field line popped out of Xavier Nady's glove for a single.

"Bring back Benson!"
Mets fans after Jorge Julio began to struggle

Milwaukee's pitcher faked a bunt and pulled his bat back but then slapped the ball to right. It sailed over Nady's head for a run-scoring double, and the Brewers never looked back in an 8-2 victory Saturday that stopped the New York Mets' winning streak at seven.

"I tried to make a line drive to the first-base side. I was a little disappointed it was a fly ball," Ohka said. "I didn't care how far it went. The team needed a runner moved up. If the right fielder catches the fly ball, that doesn't happen. I was fortunate it was far enough he couldn't catch it."

Pitching against a team that began the day with an NL-high .310 batting average, Ohka (1-1) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits in seven innings. He had been 0-5 in seven appearances at Shea Stadium coming in.

New York, which had trailed after the end of only two innings previously this season, was trying for the first 9-1 start in franchise history and for its first eight-game winning streak since
taking nine in a row from April 16-25, 2000. But Steve Trachsel (1-1) struggled with his command, allowing four runs and nine hits in five innings, and all three Mets outfielders had trouble picking up balls that dropped for hits.

Carlos Lee hit his fifth homer and Geoff Jenkins his first, and Matt Wise finished the six-hitter for the Brewers, who had not scored five runs in a game since April 8.

"Even though we've been struggling, I think we have a decent lineup," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "I think we will score some runs. Maybe today is a start for us."

Moeller's two-out RBI single put Milwaukee ahead in the second, but throwing errors by second baseman Rickie Weeks and Ohka helped load the bases with one out in the bottom half. Ramon Castro followed with a sacrifice fly, and Trachsel grounded out.

"I felt good after that inning because just one run is fine. They could have scored many more," Ohka said.

Prince Fielder, who went 3-for-5, singled with one out to start the go-ahead rally in the fourth, and Moeller reached on the swerving ball Nady almost caught.

"It's frustrating," Nady said. "In the past, I've been able to hang onto them."

Then came Ohka's second extra-base hit in 212 career at-bats.

"It just kept going and going," Nady said. "I thought when he first hit it I'd have a play on it, and then it was over before I knew it."

Brady Clark hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning, and Fielder boosted the lead to 4-1 in the fifth with a pop to center that appeared to be catchable but dropped in front of Carlos Beltran for an RBI single.

"I took a step back and when it was time for me to come forward -- too late," Beltran said.

David Wright's sacrifice fly cut the gap in the sixth. Lee homered on Darren Oliver's first pitch of the seventh, a drive into the left-field seats.

New fan whipping boy Jorge Julio was beat up again in the eighth, allowing J.J. Hardy's run-scoring single that dropped in front of left fielder Cliff Floyd and Jenkins' two-run homer, which clanked off the linescore on the scoreboard in right-center. Lee followed with a drive that Beltran caught against the center-field fence.

"I feel fine," said Julio, whose ERA rose to 19.64.

Some fans chanted "Bring back Benson!" -- a reference to the offseason trade that brought Julio to New York for Kris Benson. Julio
said he didn't hear the jeers, but some of his teammates took offense.

"Someone gets booed -- we're all a team, we're all a family, and I think everyone takes it kind of personally," Nady said.

Game notes
Milwaukee planned to activate right-hander Ben Sheets to start Sunday in his season debut. The Brewers will have to make a corresponding roster move. ... Weeks has four errors this season. ... The sellout crowd of 55,831 was a Mets record for a Saturday afternoon home game. ... Before the game, the teams honored Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947. His widow, Rachel Robinson, walked to the mound as part of the tribute.