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Brewers 3, Mets 2

June 18, 2000

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Marquis Grissom hit a two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of some uncharacteristic wildness by Glendon Rusch in beating the New York Mets 3-2 Saturday night.

John Snyder (2-2) allowed both runs and seven hits in seven innings, Curtis Leskanic pitched the eighth and Bob Wickman closed with a perfect ninth for his eighth save. The Brewers won despite getting outhit 9-4.

Ron Belliard’s fifth-inning homer off Rusch (4-5) drove in the game’s first run, and the Milwaukee second baseman also made some outstanding defensive plays.

He made a spectacular dive with Jay Payton on and no outs in the second inning, coming up with a hard Melvin Mora grounder behind second and flipping to shortstop Luis Lopez for a forceout at second. John Snyder retired the next two hitters to escape the jam.

Belliard and Lopez combined on a nifty double play in the sixth on another smash by Mora.

Rusch, who entered tied for the NL for fewest walks per nine innings (1.3), walked six in 6 1-3 innings. But he allowed only three runs and three hits, two by Grissom, before Turk Wendell relieved.

Jay Payton’s RBI single tied the score in the second, Jason Tyner led off the fifth with a single and scored from first on Mike Piazza’s two-out single to right-center, beating Belliard’s off-line relay.

But Rusch couldn’t hold the 2-1 lead. He hit Luis Lopez and walked Charlie Hayes _ both former Mets _ starting the sixth. The runners advanced on a groundout by Jeromy Burnitz, another former Met, and scored on Grissom’s ground single between first and second.

After Leskanic gave up singles to Piazza and Robin Ventura opening the eighth, Todd Ziele popped out, Payton struck out and pinch-hitter Matt Franco lined to Belliard.

Notes: Milwaukee is 9-14 against the NL East this year. ... After signing OF Jonah McClanahan of Monterey (Calif.) High School (18th round) and RHP Jeremy Shorey of Lisbon, Maine (29th), the Brewers have signed 18 of their 49 picks. ... C Henry Blanco made his first start in June after missing two weeks while spending time in Venezuela with his father, who dies June 10. Blanco threw out Melvin Mora trying to steal second in the fifth. He has thrown out six of his last seven and is 13 for 23 this season on steal attempts.

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