MILWAUKEE (AP) — Shaun Marcum struggled in his return to Miller Park, failing to build on recent success following a nightmarish start to his season with the Mets.
Marcum, who compiled a 20-11 record pitching for Milwaukee in 2011 and 2012, allowed 11 hits and five earned runs over five innings in New York's 7-6 loss to the Brewers.
"I fell behind in some counts and this isn't the most pitcher-friendly park to do that in so it makes it rough," said Marcum, who struck out three and walked one. "It was nice to come back here. I enjoyed my two years here. Obviously, I wish the results were better."
Marcum started the season 0-9 but had pitched well over his previous two outings heading into Saturday night's start. He pitched eight shutout innings in a win against the White Sox and allowed six hits over six innings in the Mets' 5-4 win over Arizona in an extra innings Monday.
"He's had some pretty good games recently," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Even the other day, he pitched pretty good even though his back started to get stiff on him."
Marcum, who experienced tingling in his right hand after his last start and had an MRI on Tuesday, took the mound as scheduled against the Brewers but experienced similar problems.
"I felt some numbness and tingling and a cold hand, but I'm never going to take myself out of a game," he said.
The Brewers jumped on Marcum (1-10) for a run in the first inning. Jonathan Lucroy's two-out single scored Norichika Aoki, who led off the game with an infield hit.
Milwaukee added two runs in the second. Logan Schafer singled, moved to third on a single by Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo and scored on Aoki's base hit. Jean Segura followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Gallardo.
Lucroy extended the Brewers lead to 4-0 with a one-out, solo home run to left field in the third.
"(Marcum) left a lot of balls up, more than he normally does," Collins said. "He's really a change-speed guy that keeps the ball down. The ball to Lucroy he left up. He left a breaking ball out over the plate in the first inning. That's just not where he usually pitches."
Gallardo helped himself again in the fourth, leading off with a double off the right field wall and scoring on Segura's one-out single. On the night, Gallardo singled, doubled, scored two runs and executed a successful sacrifice bunt off Marcum that led to a key play in the game.
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