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Brewers bounce back for win over Mets

If you fall off the horse, you climb back on.

Major-league closers really have no other choice.

One night after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning in a disappointing loss, closer Francisco Rodriguez recorded the final three outs Saturday evening as the Milwaukee Brewers bounced back with a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets at Miller Park.

It was the 30th save of the season for Rodriguez, who shook off his fourth blown save 24 hours earlier to complete a stellar evening for the Brewers' bullpen. Four relievers combined to hold New York to two hits and no runs over the final 3 1/3 innings.

Brewers starter Wily Peralta had to escape a jam of his own making in the second inning. With one down, he walked Chris Young, a .195 hitter who moved up on Wilmer Flores' grounder to third. Peralta then walked the pitcher, Jonathon Niese, a .036 hitter batting eighth.

Mets left fielder Eric Young, Jr., struck out swinging to end that threat.

New York was back at it in the third inning when Curtis Granderson doubled over centerfielder Carlos Gomez to snap a 0-for-18 skid. After Granderson moved to third on a groundout, Peralta walked David Wright on a 3-2 fastball that sailed inside.

Lucas Duda, whose two-run homer in the ninth beat the Brewers on Friday night, ripped a single up the middle to score Granderson for a 1-0 lead. A wild pitch left runners on second and third with one out, but Peralta escaped further damage by retiring Travis d'Arnaud on a fly to shallow right and Chris Young on a grounder to second.

Granderson boosted the Mets' lead to 2-0 when he opened the fifth with a liner down the right-field line that cleared the fence for his 15th homer of the season.

The Brewers finally got to Niese in the bottom of the inning. After reaching on a fielder's choice, Jean Segura swiped second, went to third on a fly ball and scored when Niese uncorked a wild pitch. Carlos Gomez then singled to right and scored on Jonathan Lucroy's double -- a booming drive to center that almost went out.

Ryan Braun then stroked Niese's next pitch to right for an RBI single and suddenly the Brewers had a 3-2 lead.

With one down in the sixth, Chris Young doubled into the left-field corner and moved to third on a groundout. When the Mets sent left-handed-hitting Bobby Abreu up to bat for Niese, the Brewers countered with lefty Zach Duke. New York switched to right-handed-hitting Eric Campbell, who struck out to end the inning.

Right-hander Carlos Torres took over for the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Mark Reynolds took him way, way deep to left-center with two down for his 17th homer and a 4-2 lead.

Duke struck out the first two hitters in the seventh before walking Daniel Murphy. Jeremy Jeffress then came on to retire Wright on a grounder to third and the two-run lead stood.

Khris Davis doubled in a run in the eighth to make it 5-2 but an apparent infield RBI single by Reynolds was overturned by video replay.

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