NEW YORK (AP) — Norichika Aoki got some good news during batting practice and turned it into a great night all-around.
Aoki hit a leadoff homer, Khris Davis connected three batters later and Yovani Gallardo pitched the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.
Before the game, Aoki found out from Japanese reporters that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said the team will pick up the outfielder's $1.5 million option for next season.
"I didn't know about it until I heard today, and I'm excited to be part of the Brewers again," Aoki said through a translator. "I'm very thankful."
Martin Maldonado also homered and Gallardo (12-10) went six innings to end his inconsistent season with a win.
The right-hander, who won 33 games over the previous two years, finished 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA in eight starts since returning from a strained left hamstring.
"Being on the DL for those two weeks just kind of lets you reset, kind of have a fresh start," Gallardo said. "And ever since then I've been feeling good."
The fourth-place Brewers are closing strong, too. They have won three straight and five of six, giving them nine victories in their last 10 road games against New York.
"We count on Yo. He's not a guy that I have a question mark about. So it's really important for him to finish well and knowing next year, coming into the season, that we're going to get the same guy that we've been used to for all these years. Somebody you can count on every time he's out there," manager Ron Roenicke said. "From when he came back off the DL, I don't have those questions anymore."
Brandon Kintzler worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save in 32 tries.
The punchless Mets played without All-Star third baseman David Wright, who sat out with a sore right thumb, and lost 4-2 to Milwaukee for the second consecutive game.
Wright was sidelined one night after he was hit in the helmet by an 86 mph changeup. The Mets reiterated that Wright's head is fine — he said he passed all the concussion tests — but the medical staff recommended he rest his thumb for a day.
The star slugger jammed his thumb when he hit the dirt after he was plunked by a pitch from Johnny Hellweg.
All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez was back in the Brewers' lineup after serving a one-game suspension for touching off a bench-clearing fracas Wednesday in Atlanta when he admired his homer and yelled at Braves starter Paul Maholm.