Harvey, Mets beaten by Crew's homer barrage

Harvey, Mets beaten by Crew's homer barrage

MILWAUKEE -- Matt Harvey's return to the mound for the Mets was spoiled by back-to-back home runs, and not even the most ardent of Brewers fans could have seen this power combo coming.

Playing his first game in the Majors since 2015, Eric Sogard hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning before Orlando Arcia followed with a solo shot in the third pinch-hit appearance of his career. Those shots, coupled with Matt Garza's third straight quality start, sent the Brewers to a 7-4 win over Harvey and the Mets on Friday at Miller Park.

"Missing the whole year last year and just being back with these guys," said Sogard, who suffered through neck and knee injuries all of last year, "I had a great time out there."

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Harvey, coming off a three-game suspension, was in the midst of a quality comeback before his outing unraveled with two swings. Left fielder Hernan Perez and catcher Jett Bandy also went deep for the Brewers to make a winner of Garza, whose ERA stands at 2.66 in four starts after holding the Mets to two earned runs on five hits over six innings for his third straight quality start.

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"I thought he was excellent. I thought he was outstanding," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Harvey's ERA grew to 5.63 after he surrendered a career-high three home runs.

Harvey gets Thames swinging

"I think overall, the last three, four starts have been pretty terrible," Harvey said. "So obviously there's a lot of work to be done to get things back on track, which is the main goal right now."

Catch this: The Mets had Garza on the ropes in the top of the sixth, starting with Michael Conforto's long flyout, which backed Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton all the way to the center-field wall. Asdrubal Cabrera then started a two-out rally with a double and scored two batters later on Neil Walker's single, tying the game at 2-2 and contributing to Walker's three-hit, two-RBI night. Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson visited the mound to discuss the plan against the next batter, Curtis Granderson, but Bandy found another way out of the jam when he threw behind Jay Bruce at second base for an inning-ending pickoff.

Bandy picks off Bruce at second

"It caught me off guard," Garza said. "It was a huge out for us. I think that turned the tide for us, to get that kind of play. It kind of set the wheels in motion for the offense. Momentum was on our side and our guys took advantage of it."

Jett fuel: Bandy had a big night at the plate, too. His run-scoring double in the second inning put the Brewers on the board, and a solo home run off Rafael Montero in the seventh extended Milwaukee's lead to 7-2. Every bit of breathing room was welcomed on this night by the Brewers, who removed Neftali Feliz from the closer role earlier in the day and were without the most obvious heir apparent, Corey Knebel, after Knebel threw 41 pitches the day before. The extra runs paid off when the Mets scored twice in the ninth against Brewers reliever Jacob Barnes, prompting a call to Jared Hughes, who earned his third career save.

Bandy's RBI double

"I'm always going to have high expectations; that's not a question at all. But I do realize it's a long season. I've made seven starts, and it's still May. We have a long way to go and there's a lot of work to be done, but I think I'm pretty close to where I want to be." -- Harvey

"Commanding my offspeed [pitches]. Today I probably threw 15-20 changeups. I think I've thrown 15-20 changeups in the past 11 years, so it's huge. I had to learn this spring how to get confident in my offspeed stuff, and with that, yeah, I took a couple lumps and a couple hard days. But I got to a point where I'm not afraid.
-- Garza, asked what's most encouraging about his first four starts

Hughes locks down the save

Entering Friday's action, 19 teams had hit at least four home runs in a game this season, including the Yankees four times. But the Brewers were not one of them despite leading the Majors with 55 total home runs. That changed after Perez, Sogard, Arcia and Bandy all went deep against the Mets, pushing Milwaukee's Major League-leading home run count to 59.

Brewers launch four homers

Mets: Robert Gsellman will make his first career start against a non-National League East opponent when he takes the ball for the Mets on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Gsellman has lasted longer than five innings in just one of his six starts this season.

Brewers: Zach Davies was one of the Brewers' two best starting pitchers last season, but he's still seeking his first quality start of 2017 as he takes the mound for the eighth time Saturday. Davies has won his last three decisions but has yet to complete six innings. His first pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Mets on Friday.

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