Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/14/12

MILWAUKEE -- Lucas Duda's leadoff home run in the sixth inning sparked a three-run burst, leading the New York Mets to a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday at Miller Park.

Duda's homer, his 14th of the season, capped off a 2-for-3 game that included a first-inning RBI double and supported a strong outing by Mets starter Jonathon Niese, who allowed two runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work and improved to 11-9 on the season.

Niese snapped a personal three-game losing strike by stifling a Milwaukee lineup that had been red-hot of late, winning 17 of its last 19 games at Miller Park -- including nine in a row. The Brewers clawed their way back over .500 for the first time since April and into the thick of the National League wild-card race.

Milwaukee had just two extra-base hits against Niese, a Travis Ishikawa RBI double in the second and an Aramis Ramirez double in the sixth, and moved just two other runners into scoring position against Niese.

The Brewers put runners at first and second with nobody out in the eighth against Bobby Parnell, but Lucroy hit a grounder that Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada fielded from his belly to start a clutch double play. They added one in the ninth, on Nyjer Morgan's pinch-hit triple to right that scored Jean Segura.

The Mets wasted little time getting to Fiers. Duda hit a two-run double in the first, and in the second Daniel Murphy took Fiers' first pitch, a fastball, to right for his sixth home run of the season for a 4-0 New York lead.

Milwaukee, though, came right back in the bottom of the inning. Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez singled to open the inning. Ishikawa followed with a ground-rule double that drove in Lucroy and moved Gomez to third.

Gomez got caught trying to score when Segura hit a liner right at Niese for the first out. Segura reached and Ishikawa moved to third, then scored on Fiers' base hit to right-center, cutting the Mets' lead in half.

Both pitchers settled in after the second. Fiers went on to work through the fifth, striking out four and walking two while allowing six hits.

New York extended the lead in the sixth when Duda led off against reliever Manny Parra with a home run to right-center.

Notes: Mets 3B David Wright doubled in his first at-bat, extending his hitting streak to eight games. ... Brewers 1B Corey Hart, sidelined since tearing tissue in his foot Sunday at St. Louis, missed his fourth straight game. ... The Mets will start Jenrry Mejia Saturday. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and his last start came exactly two years ago to the day. ... Ishikawa doubled in the second, giving the Brewers an extra-base hit in 83 consecutive games.

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