Lucroy’s homer in 13th sends Brewers over Mets 5-1

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NEW YORK (AP) - The only thing Jonathan Lucroy wished he would have done differently Thursday night was hit that home run sooner.

On the eve of his 28th birthday, Lucroy hit a tiebreaking shot in a four-run 13th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers outlasted the New York Mets 5-1 after an unusual rain delay that lasted all of 3 minutes.

“Believe me, I was trying to do it earlier than that,” Lucroy said. “Sorry.”

Aramis Ramirez homered in the second inning to end a Brewers’ power drought and finished with three hits, helping the NL Central leaders take two of three in the series. Milwaukee (40-27) completed a 5-3 road trip with its 10th victory in 15 games overall, matching a season high at 13 games above .500.

New York took advantage of an error by Gold Glove center fielder Carlos Gomez to tie it in the fourth before Kyle Lohse and Jonathon Niese settled into a crisp pitchers’ duel.

“I tried to get us out of there quick, but their guy wasn’t cooperating,” Lohse said. “He was mixing it up good. I was mixing it up good. We were flying for a little bit until we hit extra innings.”

The slumping Mets stranded seven runners from the ninth through the 11th and blew a bases-loaded opportunity with a chance to win. They lost for the eighth time in nine games and fell a season-worst eight games under .500 at 29-37.

Ryan Braun was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts when he opened the 13th with an infield single off Carlos Torres (2-4). Lucroy, also hitless in five at-bats after beginning the night with a .341 batting average, drove a hanging curve to left field for his fifth home run.

Mark Reynolds added an RBI single and Rickie Weeks was hit by Dana Eveland’s pitch with the bases loaded.

Back in the dugout, a frustrated Torres wiped his face with a towel and punched himself repeatedly on both sides of the head.

Zach Duke (4-0) tossed a perfect inning and Francisco Rodriguez finished in a non-save situation.

“The way our guys threw tonight was awesome,” Lucroy said. “It was a lot of fun to be a part of, although I wish we would have gotten done a little earlier.”

Mets closer Jenrry Mejia got two outs in the 10th, but a stiff back flared up as he was warming for the 11th and he left the game.

Moments later, a sudden downpour halted play. Fans scurried for cover as umpires consulted the grounds crew - and the radar on a smartphone - near third base.

Players stayed in the dugout waiting for word and when the rain quickly lightened to a drizzle, the game resumed after only 3 minutes.

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