- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings and Curtis Granderson set the tone with a leadoff home run as the New York Mets defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Thursday night.

Colon (5-3) scattered eight hits and allowed one run.

Granderson led off the game with a homer off Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson (5-5). Granderson doubled leading off the third and scored on a single by Yoenis Cespedes.

Colon held the Brewers scoreless until the seventh when a two-out, one-hop smash off the bat of Hernan Perez ricocheted off the chest of New York second baseman Neil Walker, allowing a run to score.

Kevin Plawecki drove in two runs with a single in the eighth to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

Scooter Gennett, who tied a career high with four hits, drove in a run with a double in the eighth to bring the Brewers within two.

New York added a run in the ninth on Matt Reynolds’ pinch-hit single.

Jeurys Familia recorded his 20th save in 20 opportunities.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Granderson was hit on the side of his right knee by a pitch from Nelson in the fourth inning. He limped as he walked to first base but stayed in the game. . OF Juan Lagares, who missed four straight games with a partially torn left thumb ligament, entered the game in the eighth as a defensive replacement. He doubled leading off the ninth. . C Travis d’Arnaud, on a rehab assignment while recovering from a strained right rotator cuff, went 2 for 4, drove in a run, scored twice and walked three times for Class-A St. Lucie in an 11-inning win over Dunedin on Thursday night. He served as the DH.

Brewers: OF Domingo Santana missed his second consecutive game with elbow soreness. He was on the DL last month with a right shoulder strain.

UP NEXT

Mets: Matt Harvey (4-8, 4.95 ERA) will face the Brewers for the first time in his career. Harvey is 2-5 with a 5.18 ERA in seven road starts this season.

Brewers: Junior Guerra (3-1, 3.61) will be making his first start against the Mets. Milwaukee is 6-1 in games started by Guerra this season.

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