The New York Mets will try again for a series win against the Milwaukee Brewers when the two ballclubs close out a three-game series Sunday at Miller Park.
The Mets opened the series with a 12-5 win, but dropped Saturday's second test by a 7-6 count and starting pitcher Shaun Marcum was roughed up for six runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits in five innings to fall to 1-10.
"He left a lot of balls up," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Marcum, a former Brewer. "Tonight was a tough night for him pitching back here. It wasn't a normal night for him."
Marlon Byrd and John Buck both homered for New York, which has lost three of four overall, but is still 9-5 in the past 14 road contests. The Mets are 3-1-2 in their last six series.
New York is 1-1 thus far on a nine-game road trip, which continues Monday at San Francisco. The club is 5-1-2 in the past eight series as the visitor.
Josh Satin has yet to play against the Brewers and has reached base safely in his last 15 games played. He has hit in a career-best 10 straight games.
Taking the mound for New York Sunday will be Jeremy Hefner, who is 2-0 in his previous four outings. Hefner got the win over Arizona on Tuesday, as he gave up just one run in seven innings of a 9-1 victory.
Hefner, whose last loss was June 11, improved to 3-6 in 17 games -- 16 of which have been starts -- to go along with a 3.54 ERA. The right-hander has only faced Milwaukee once in his career in a relief role.
The Mets will host this summer's Al-Star Game and will have David Wright and Matt Harvey representing the team.
Milwaukee won for only the third time in its last 11 games on Saturday.
Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove in two runs, Jean Segura also had two RBI and Logan Schafer finished with three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Brewers, who almost blew a 5-0 lead and are 1-1 on a six-game homestand. Lucroy homered off Marcum in the third inning and the two used to be battery mates in Brew City.
"It helps with the familiarity with his pitches," Lucroy said of facing Marcum. "It gives you a little bit of an advantage, but for the most part, the pitches I hit were mistake pitches. They were just up in the zone. It's pretty general across baseball: the pitches up in the zone are going to get hit."
Milwaukee pulled one out for starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo gave up four runs and six hits in six innings for the win and Francisco Rodriguez worked around a home run in the ninth inning to pick up his eighth save.
Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-2 and left the game in the fifth inning with a balky left knee. Ramirez is day to day.
"He was pretty sore in the knee, to the point where he wasn't moving around as good as he should be," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "So we needed to get him out there."
In more uplifting news, Brewers shortstop Jean Segura and center fielder Carlos Gomez each made the National League All-Star team on Saturday as reserves.
Wily Peralta was expected to start for Milwaukee Sunday, but a left hamstring issue will push him back, opening the door for Tom Gorzelanny. Gorzelanny will make just his second start of the season and is 1-1 with a 2.43 earned run average in 33 games (1 start). The Brewers have lost the last six times Gorzelanny has taken the mound and the lefty is 4-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 21 games, eight of which have been starts, lifetime against the Mets.
The Brewers won three of five games with the Mets in 2012.