(Sports Network) - Right-hander Mike Fiers tries for the 10th win of his
major-league career Friday when the Milwaukee Brewers host the New York Mets
to begin a three-game weekend series at Miller Park.
The Hollywood, Fla. native allowed two hits in two scoreless relief innings
with the Brewers last season, then debuted this season in late May and posted
a 1.96 earned run average through 10 outings while winning just three times.
He's been more successful with wins and losses since, however, going 6-3 in
his last nine appearances, though the ERA has climbed substantially from 1.96
Fiers was a 6-3 winner at St. Louis in his most recent outing on Sept. 8,
allowing a run on five hits in five innings with three walks and five
He has never faced the Mets.
For New York, lefty Jonathon Niese takes the mound with a chance to equal his
career-high in wins.
The seventh-round draft pick in 2005 had his major-league breakout season with
11 wins in 27 outings while putting up a 4.40 earned run average in 157 1/3
He got to win No. 10 this season with a 2-0 defeat of Washington on Aug. 18,
but has dropped three consecutive attempts at the record-tying triumph while
losing to Houston, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
In those three games, Niese has allowed seven runs in 20 hits in 19 innings.
He's 1-0 lifetime against the Brewers in three starts.
On Wednesday in New York, Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond each hit a solo homer
to help the Washington Nationals complete a three-game sweep of the Mets with
a 2-0 decision at Citi Field.
Even though he posted double-digit strikeouts for the second time in his
career, Matt Harvey (3-5) was given no run support and was charged with the
loss. The rookie right-hander fanned 10 Nationals, one shy of his career high,
but gave up Zimmerman's blast as one of five hits he allowed in five- plus
"I felt good early and then I think I pressed to do too much," Harvey said.
"That's a mistake that I regret and need to learn from."
After setting a franchise record on Tuesday for most consecutive home games
without scoring more than three runs, New York extended its streak to 13 in
Wednesday night's loss.
In Milwaukee, Rickie Weeks hit a three-run home run as the Brewers used a big
fifth inning to take an 8-2 win over the Atlanta Braves and sweep a three-game
Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run double in the big inning for the Brewers, who
have won five of six to move three games behind St. Louis for the final wild
card spot in the National League.
"I thought even when we were playing under .500 that we had the personnel to
get over and get back in the chase," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "At
our lowest point, I still thought we had it in us, but I still had some doubts
that we would get back in it. But a lot of the young guys we've called up have
Yovani Gallardo (15-8) won his seventh straight decision as he gave up just
two runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts over seven innings
The Mets and Brewers split two games in a series in New York in May, after
Milwaukee won four of six games between the teams in 2011.
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