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.