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Brewers 7, Mets 4: A Rare Start and Sweltering Weather Leave the Mets Feeling Scorched

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Mets pitcher Logan Verrett surrendered the first major-league home run hit by his Brewers counterpart, Wily Peralta.

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MILWAUKEE — Expectations drop when a team dips into its bullpen for a spot starter, as the Mets did with Logan Verrett on Saturday. They fall further on a steamy afternoon when the ball is jumping, as it did at Miller Park, when the Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers combined for five home runs in the first five innings and seven in all.

Verrett gave up three homers in four innings — the last one the first career home run by the opposing pitcher, Wily Peralta — and the run-starved Mets never did catch up, wasting a near-cycle by Curtis Granderson and losing to the Brewers for the first time in six games this season, 7-4.

Granderson singled, tripled and homered his first three times up before grounding out in the eighth. Granderson’s fifth-inning homer trimmed the Brewers’ lead to 5-3, but the Mets did not score again until the ninth, after Ryan Braun had pushed Milwaukee’s lead to four with his second home run of…

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