Max Scherzer exits amid perfect game bid, still wins 200th of career as New York Mets return to playoffs for first time since 2016

MILWAUKEE — Max Scherzer was pulled from his 200th win with a perfect game intact, and the New York Mets clinched their first playoff berth in six years by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Monday night time.

Reinstated from the injured record earlier than the game, Scherzer (10-4) struck out 9 in six innings. The 38-year-old ace threw solely 68 pitches, however that was as far as the NL East leaders let him go in his first begin in 16 days.

Brewers star Christian Yelich doubled main off the seventh towards Tylor Megill, making his first main league aid look after 27 begins. Megill additionally got here off the injured record Monday.

Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer off reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes (10-8), and the Mets gained their fifth straight to wrap up not less than one of the three National League wild playing cards. They lead the NL East by one game over defending World Series champion Atlanta, which beat Washington 5-2 at house.

It is the tenth postseason look within the franchise’s 61-season historical past, and first since the Mets misplaced to San Francisco within the 2016 NL wild-card game.

“This is what you play the game for,” Scherzer mentioned. “You play to get into the postseason. There’s so much of methods for it not to work out. For us to give you the chance to discover a manner to get into the postseason, that is superior. That’s what we rejoice. That’s what you play the game for.

“We have so much of issues in entrance of us. We perceive that. But you bought to rejoice the nice occasions, too.”

Mets gamers hugged and high-fived on the sector after the ultimate out, then loved a boozy however subdued celebration within the clubhouse.

“This is simply the first step. I’ve excessive expectations,” proprietor Steven Cohen, sporting a Mets cap, mentioned after giving a postgame speech to the workforce. “If we are able to win the division, that might be nice. Obviously, Atlanta is a good workforce, and it’ll in all probability go down to the wire, after which we’ll see what occurs within the playoffs. I believe this can be a workforce that may go actually far.”

Added shortstop Francisco Lindor: “`We perceive this isn’t the top aim, nevertheless it’s half of our future.’

Scherzer was activated Monday after recovering from left indirect irritation. Mets supervisor Buck Showalter mentioned earlier than the game, “We’re not going to go too deep with Max bodily” in his first massive league begin since Sept. 3.

In his fourth strive for win No. 200, the three-time Cy Young Award winner fanned Yelich, Willy Adames, Hunter Renfroe and Garrett Mitchell twice every.

Andrew McCutchen hit a 104 mph line drive to proper area off Scherzer within the second, nevertheless it was caught by a sliding Tyler Naquin to finish the inning. Scherzer sprinted to the mound earlier than the underside of every inning. He typically had the ball in hand earlier than any of his teammates, except for catcher Tomas Nido or a warmup catcher, emerged from the dugout.

A smiling Scherzer acquired a hearty spherical of high-fives from teammates when he returned to the dugout after the sixth, indicating he was carried out for the night time.

Scherzer exited his earlier begin with fatigue on his left aspect and went on the IL with indirect irritation. He additionally went on the injured record with a left indirect pressure in May and was activated on July 5.

It was Scherzer’s fourth career perfect-game bid by way of six innings, tied for probably the most within the enlargement period (since 1961).

There have now been 3,687 days and not using a perfect game within the majors, the longest span since a 13-year drought from 1968 to ’81 (4,755 days). Félix Hernández was the final to throw one, on Aug. 15, 2012.

The loss dropped Milwaukee 8½ video games behind first-place St. Louis within the NL Central and 2½ video games again of Philadelphia for the third NL wild card. The Cardinals and Phillies had been idle.

The Brewers had gained two of three video games towards the Yankees in Milwaukee over the weekend. With one out within the fourth, Burnes gave up consecutive singles earlier than Alonso hit a 1-2 changeup 437 toes for his thirty sixth house run to stake New York to a 3-0 lead. Alonso’s 118 RBIs lead the NL.

New York prolonged its lead to 5-0 within the sixth inning after back-to-back triples by Brandon Nimmo and Lindor, and an RBI double by Daniel Vogelbach. The earlier Mets gamers to hit consecutive triples had been Jose Reyes and Jason Bay in April 2010.

Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run homer off Megill within the seventh, his thirty second.

Information from ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press was used on this report.

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