- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Seeing a big, red, C-shaped welt wrapped around his left cheek, Carlos Gomez took a positive view.

“Lucky, man,” he said.

The two-time All-Star outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers was beaned by a 96 mph fastball from Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard, and walked off the field with a pair of team trainers at his side Sunday in a 5-1 loss to New York.

“I put my head right in that position to have the ball hit my helmet,” Gomez said.

Gomez was struck squarely in the left earflap in the sixth inning, and went face down in the dirt for a few seconds.

Syndergaard clapped into his glove when Gomez was helped into a sitting position. A Mets trainer who has known Gomez since his days in New York also came on the field to assist, if needed, and a pinch runner came from the dugout.

“Everything good, no concussion,” Gomez said.

Gomez said he hoped to play Monday night at Detroit, although manager Craig Counsell said it was too early to tell.

“Scary,” Counsell said.

Gomez, who has a history of concussions, initially told Counsell he wanted to stay in the game for another at-bat. The manager thought otherwise.

“You’re going to be sore for a few days,” Gomez said. “I feel fine. No headache and no bleeding, so everything is good.”

Gomez said he was certain there was no intent, and was impressed with Syndergaard.

“He just tried to throw me in. Nobody wants to hit any player right in the head, especially that velocity,” he said, adding, “He’s really good.”

Even before talking about earning his first big league win, Syndergaard started with a statement: “I hope Gomez is OK.”

Syndergaard (1-1) shut down the Brewers for the first five innings in his Citi Field debut, giving up just one single. In the sixth, he gave everyone a scare.

The prized Mets prospect said he hadn’t beaned anyone like that before.

“It kind of rattled me a little bit,” he said.

While Gomez got assistance, Mets manager Terry Collins went to the mound to speak with the 22-year-old rookie.

“You could tell he was shook up,” Collins said.

Ryan Braun had an RBI single later in the inning. Syndergaard left after the sixth in his second game for the NL East leaders, having allowing three hits and striking out five.

Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff home run, Lucas Duda doubled twice and Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs to help the Mets win their second straight after a five-game skid.

Wily Peralta (1-5) had won all three of his previous three starts against the Mets. He quickly fell behind when Granderson connected on the second pitch for his 30th career leadoff homer.

A night earlier, Granderson singled during a 10-run burst in the fourth inning, and later homered to close out a 14-1 romp. Last-place Milwaukee has lost four of five.

Syndergaard actually pitched once before on the Citi Field mound, starting the 2013 All-Star Futures Game. Beaten by the Cubs at Wrigley Field five days earlier, he showed the home fans why the Mets are so high on him.

The 6-foot-6 Syndergaard came out zinging fastballs that topped out at 98 mph, and the pops from catcher Johnny Monell’s mitt echoed all around the ballpark. At times, he brought back memories of another rookie righty from Texas who also wore No. 34 when he debuted for the Mets a long time ago - Nolan Ryan.


Brewers: Milwaukee makes its first trip to Detroit since 2009. Mike Fiers (1-4) starts, trying to help the Brewers beat the Tigers for the first time since Ben Sheets was the winning pitcher in 2007.


Opponents had been hitting .301 against Peralta this season, a year after he posted a career-high 17 wins. Granderson has been particular thorn - his homer made him 5 for 6 lifetime vs. Peralta with two home runs and two doubles.

When Daniel Murphy grounded to first baseman Adam Lind to end a three-run fourth that included three hits and two walks, Peralta covered the bag. Peralta slung the ball into the ground toward the mound, then picked it up as he cut across the diamond and flipped it to a fan.

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