Mets' Bats Get to Vargas Early in 8-5 Victory Over Brewers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The New York Mets pounced on Claudio Vargas early, hitting a pair of three-run homers on their way to an 8-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Mets left-hander Oliver Perez gave up five runs in the first two innings.

But he settled down to record a season-high 11 strikeouts.

Perez (10-7) pitched six innings, giving up only two of his five hits after the second.

It was the shortest start of the season for Vargas (9-3), who only made it into the third inning and gave up seven runs.

Milwaukee's Prince Fielder broke an 18-game homerless streak with a three-run shot in the first inning.

The Brewers are now tied, but have a lower winning percentage, than the Cubs in the N.L. Central standings.

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