MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was feeling pretty good Friday night.
The Brewers had a two-run lead going into the ninth inning, and closer Francisco Rodriguez was on the mound. But for only the fourth time this season, Rodriguez failed to convert a save.
He couldn't hold the lead, and the New York Mets rallied for three runs to record a dramatic 3-2 win.
Rodriquez (4-4) failed to record an out before giving up all three runs.
Daniel Murphy led off with a double and David Wright followed with an RBI single. Lucas Duda then hit the first pitch he saw from Rodriguez into the Mets bullpen in right field.
It was Duda's career-high 17th home run of the season and his third in four games.
"Frankie's done a great job for us all year," Roenicke said. "So, you feel good with Frankie going in there with a two-run lead, and he just didn't get it done today. He wasn't locating his fastball, and these guys are pretty good fastball hitters."
Duda said he was looking for a first-pitch fastball from Rodriguez and got it.
"I was able to put the barrel of the bat on it," he said. "It was a pretty special moment. I am glad I was able to help pick up the team and get this win."
Rodriguez said it was a frustrating performance. The Brewers are now 48-2 when leading after eight innings.
"They come out swinging and everything was up out over the plate," he said. "Fortunately, it's not my first rodeo. Not going to be the first one, won't be the last one. That's the reality."
The loss broke the Brewers' four-game winning streak.
The home run spoiled a sparkling performance by starter Yovani Gallardo, who allowed four hits to New York over 7 2-3 innings.
Gallardo, who hasn't won since June 19, retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced. With two outs in the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Eric Campbell was called out on a ground ball, but the call was overturned after a replay review.