- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Years from now, Ramon Flores will probably remember two at-bats on Saturday. His first major league home run, and that strikeout in the eighth inning.

David Wright hit a game-winning single on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, completing the New York Mets’ comeback in a 5-4 victory over Flores and the Milwaukee Brewers.

“To hit one is a good feeling, but we lost and it’s better when we win,” said Flores, who plans to give the souvenir home run ball to his family. “I feel good but at the same time I feel bad because we lost the game.”

Flores connected for a two-run shot off Jacob deGrom and added a sacrifice fly. Leadoff man Jonathan Villar had three hits, including an RBI single, but rookie starter Zach Davies was unable to hold a three-run lead for the Brewers.

“We’ve been in a lot of close games,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We did some good things. It’s just, these are good teams we’re playing and every little thing has got to be right to win.”

Flores began the day batting .190 with six RBIs and three extra-base hits this season - all doubles. After doing his damage early, he came up with two runners on and the score tied in the eighth.

He worked the count full before striking out against reliever Addison Reed, ending the threat.

“It was a long battle,” Flores said through a translator. “Really wanted to win that at-bat. … Wanted to come through for the team.”

Villar doubled off the top of the left-center fence with one out in the ninth and held at second when Wright made a diving stop of Yoenis Cespedes’ wayward throw toward third. Villar was then thrown out trying for third on Scooter Gennett’s sharp grounder to shortstop.

Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff homer for the Mets, and Cespedes chased Davies with a two-run shot that tied it in the sixth.

Eric Campbell, subbing at first base for injured Lucas Duda, opened the bottom of the ninth with a single before Michael Blazek (1-1) walked Kevin Plawecki. Rookie pinch-hitter Matt Reynolds fouled off two bunt tries before finally getting his sacrifice down, and Granderson was intentionally walked to bring up Wright.

“I think you take that personally, for sure,” he said.

With the crowd of 39,688 standing and chanting “Let’s go Mets!” in a steady drizzle that was getting heavier, Wright took three balls and then surprisingly swung away. New York’s slumping captain sent a line drive to right-center and was swarmed by happy teammates at first base.

“These guys have picked me up so much this year that it was nice to return the favor,” Wright said.

Wright was confident he would get a fastball and said he didn’t want to take one right down the middle because Blazek had relied on some tricky off-speed stuff earlier in the inning.

“That might be the best pitch to hit in that at-bat,” Wright said. “By 3-0, you’ve seen all of his pitches.”

Jeurys Familia (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning for the win.

Cespedes was out in front on a 2-2 changeup but lofted it into the left-field corner for his 14th home run, which tied Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the major league lead.

“It was a good pitch, but he got it. Good hitters do that,” Davies said.

Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Cespedes with a two-out single in the fourth to make it 4-2.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers LF Ryan Braun missed his fourth consecutive game with a stiff back but was feeling better, according to Counsell. “Definitely took a step in the right direction,” he said. Counsell reiterated it was still possible Braun could play Sunday. The slugger had back surgery in the offseason. … LHP Will Smith (sprained right knee) threw live batting practice at Citi Field and could be primed for a minor league rehab assignment soon. Without a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list by the first week of June, Counsell said. “He’s doing great. All signs are very positive. He’s ready for the next step,” the manager said. … Sidelined all season, RHP Matt Garza (strained right lat muscle) is scheduled to simulate an inning when he throws another bullpen Sunday. He threw his first one Thursday. … RHP Corey Knebel (left oblique strain) will throw another bullpen Sunday, too.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32 ERA) starts Sunday as Milwaukee attempts to prevent a three-game sweep. Anderson took a no-hit bid into the eighth Tuesday in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs and came within one out of his first career complete game.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19) earned his first major league win against Milwaukee in May 2015 at Citi Field.

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