- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Garza couldn’t quite understand what had happened.

He gave up a second-inning run against the New York Mets on a single by Jacob deGrom. After an RBI grounder in the fourth and another single by deGrom that loaded the bases, No. 9 hitter Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam for a six-run lead. Four batters later, after allowing three hits and a walk, Garza’s night was over.

His final line was ugly: a career-high 10 runs allowed in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 14-1 Saturday night implosion.

“It’s a head-scratcher but you just keep going,” Garza said. “It’s a weird game. The ball bounces one way and another way on another night. You just flush it and go.”

New York opened an 11-0 lead with a 10-run fourth, the most runs allowed by the Brewers in an inning since Aug. 29, 2002, against the Chicago Cubs.

DeGrom was 3 for 3 with three singles, including two in the fourth. He became only the second pitcher since at least 1914 to have three hits in the No. 8 hole, according to STATS, following St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright against Atlanta on Aug. 22, 2008.

Kevin Plawecki, who sat out Friday because of a sinus infection, hit a RBI grounder to shortstop in the fourth as Michael Cuddyer slid home ahead of shortstop Luis Sardinas’ off-line throw, and deGrom loaded the bases with his second hit.

Flores drove a 94 mph fastball over the 370-foot sign in left and became the first starting NL position player to hit a slam from the No. 9 hole in an NL ballpark, STATS said.

“It just happened fast,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “The play on the ground ball to Sardinas and didn’t get the out there - and he makes a mistake to Flores, and then it snowballed pretty fast. I wish I could have gotten him out of there quicker.”

New York had nine hits and sent up 15 batters in the 32-minute bottom of the fourth. The Mets tied the record for runs by a team at Citi Field, which opened in 2009, and had a season-high 16 hits on a night of intermittent rain.

Milwaukee had two on and one out in the third when first baseman Lucas Duda dived to catch Gerardo Parra’s liner and threw to second, doubling up Sardinas.

Sardinas, who turned 22, made his Brewers debut and went 2 for 3, including singles in his first two at-bats.

“He ranged well in both directions, turned a nice double play, had some nice at-bats,” Counsell said. “He was involved a lot tonight - that’s for sure. That double play that he got doubled off on the play, we have to be careful about that, it can’t happen.”

Garza (2-5) allowed 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings, and his ERA rose from 4.04 to 5.72. Plawecki and Curtis Granderson homered in the seventh off Neal Cotts, raising Milwaukee’s total of home runs allowed to a major league-high 54.

“Matt, the pitch to Flores, just kind of a mistake,” Counsell said. “And Neal’s been plagued by the home run a little bit and we have to fix that, for sure.”

FIGURE EIGHTS

Both teams batted starting pitchers eighth for the fourth time in the big leagues this season. According to STATS, it happened on 11 others times since 1914, all in 2008.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: Aramis Ramirez started his second straight game at 3B and was 1 for 3 after missing six games in a row because of a stiff lower back.

SLUMPING SCOOTER

Scooter Gennett was 0 for 4 and is hitless in 16 at-bats and 1 for his last 24.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Wily Peralta (1-4) starts Sunday’s series finale. He is 3-0 against New York but batters have a .301 average against him this year.

Mets: Noah Syndergaard (0-1) makes his first home start for New York.


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