What could have been a crushing defeat turned into an inspiring victory for the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night.
Ryan Braun delivered a two-run, bases-loaded single to right field to drive in two runs in the bottom of the 18th inning, giving Milwaukee an uplifting 4-3 victory over the New York Mets at Miller Park.
Things looked bleak when the Mets broke through for a pair of two-out hits off Taylor Williams to scratch out a run in the top of the 18th inning — the longest game in Miller Park history, by the way.
Williams looked like he would take a hard-luck loss after pitching three excellent scoreless innings. Instead, Williams got the win.
Mets pitcher Chris Flexen walked Eric Thames to lead off the 18th, then got Mike Moustakas on a fly to center. Flexen, who escaped a 17th-inning jam created when Braun led off with a double, then walked Yasmani Grandal and Travis Shaw, barely missing on a number of pitches.
That brought up Braun, who singled sharply through the right side.
Braun, in a horrible slump through the end of April, has now recorded 11 hits in the last three games. raising his average from .194 to .263. He had more than half of the Brewers’ 11 hits in the game.
Gio Gonzalez allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings. He was in line for the victory until Junior Guerra allowed a first-pitch homer to Pete Alonzo leading off the ninth. Guerra had pitched a scoreless eighth and was going for a two-inning save.
The Brewers bullpen covered 12 2/3 innings, allowing two runs.
Corbin Burnes turned in 2 1/3 scoreless innings, Matt Albers threw his sixth consecutive scoreless outing, going 1 2/3 innings. Adrian Houser threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Jeremy Jeffress pitched a scoreless frame.
The Brewers did not hit a home run for the first time in 20 home games. Their streak of 19 games to open the season was second in major league history behind 21 by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Christian Yelich, who missed the previous five games with a sore lower back, pinch hit in the 10th inning, lining out to center on the first pitch. He likely will return to the lineup Sunday.
Zach Davies will start for the Brewers Sunday. He’s been their best pitcher thus far this season, and the Brewers will need him to go fairly deep into the game.