NEW YORK (AP) — Marco Estrada is getting used to the home runs. What had him shaking his head after this defeat was his pitch selection and the walks.
Estrada gave up a grand slam to Taylor Teagarden after walking the bases loaded and a two-run shot to Daniel Murphy in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-2 loss to the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
"I don't understand why I'm walking so many guys right now," Estrada said. "I've got to figure this out now because it's getting out of hand."
Estrada (5-3) has given up a major league-worst 20 homers this season, and both long balls Tuesday followed walks.
Estrada walked David Wright and Curtis Granderson with one out in the sixth. After Chris Young struck out, Lucas Duda walked to load the bases. Estrada, whose go-to pitch is a changeup, threw Teagarden three straight fastballs after starting him off with a change. The right-hander had no rationale for that choice.
"Why did I just throw that many fastballs to him? We went over the scouting report. I knew what I had to do and I didn't do it," he said. "I think if I throw a good changeup there he might roll over or swing and miss. I don't know. Like I said, I've got to stick with my guns. I've got to stick with my best pitch there ... and I didn't do it."
Called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday to replace demoted catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Teagarden hit a drive hit off the top of the wall down the right field line. The ball ricocheted into the seats for his first slam since 2008 with Texas.
Murphy connected after Ruben Tejada walked with two outs in the third, the ball just clearing the right field wall for a 2-0 lead. Murphy, who spent his off day Monday participating in a White House summit on working families, has five homers.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wasn't sure how much longer he's going to be able to run Estrada out there if he doesn't improve.
"We'll have to talk about it, but it is concerning because I know when this guy's right he's aggressive," he said. "I know what he can do. He's a really good major league pitcher and he's not pitching like that."
Outhit 6-5, the Mets scored their most runs in 16 home games since a 7-6 loss in 10 innings to Miami on April 26.
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