Braun homers to lead Brewers past Mets 3-1

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth inning, Brandon Woodruff pitched five solid innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Friday night.

Braun had three hits to lift his average to .226, including his seventh home run of the season. Milwaukee played its fifth consecutive game without NL MVP Christian Yelich, who continues to deal with low back discomfort.

Woodruff (4-1) gave up six hits and one run in five innings to beat the Mets for the second time in a week. He walked two and struck out seven.

Josh Hader got six outs for his eighth save in eight tries. Hader allowed the first two batters in the ninth to reach before striking out the next three.

The Mets jumped ahead 1-0 in the first on Wilson Ramos' single. The Brewers tied it in their half of the inning on Lorenzo Cain's leadoff homer, the fifth of his career and second this season.

Braun took Steven Matz (3-2) deep to straightaway center.

Matz allowed nine hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.