NEW YORK — After rolling along for nearly two weeks, the New York Mets met their match on the mound.
Right-hander Chase Anderson breezed into the seventh inning on a windy Fireworks Night at Citi Field, and the Milwaukee Brewers stopped New York’s nine-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory Saturday night.
“Chase was outstanding,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He pitched a beautiful game.”
Jonathan Villar sliced a three-run home run inside the foul pole and Jett Bandy also went deep against Matt Harvey as Milwaukee (8-7) finally cooled off the Mets and improved to 6-2 away from home. Slumping shortstop Orlando Arcia came off the bench and homered in the ninth inning.
The only bad news for the banged-up Brewers came when slugger Ryan Braun was removed as a precaution, replaced by Hernan Perez. He stole a base in the fifth before leaving with back tightness. He said he was unsure if he’ll play today.
“It was locked up the whole game,” Braun said, admitting “it was sore before I stole the base.”
Asked if the cold weather was a factor, he said: “Everybody deals with it, so it’s just part of April baseball.”
The only offense the Mets (11-2) could muster came on a bloop RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes off Anderson (1-1), who allowed just two hits on 87 pitches in 6⅓ innings. The first was Amed Rosario’s single up the middle on a 0-2 delivery with two outs in the fifth.
“I knew I was on a roll and in a good rhythm,” Anderson said. “I want to be that guy who can stop it if we’re going through a long losing streak, or be the guy to even out a series.”
Anderson made a slight mechanical adjustment between starts, changing the placement of his hand after Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo was picking up pitches in a previous outing.
“I was comfortable,” Anderson said. “I feel pretty good with it.”
Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader finished the three-hitter. Hader retired all six batters he faced, striking out the first five, for his first major league save and kept the game ball as a souvenir.
“That’s awesome,” Hader said. “I guess there’s no better feeling than closing out the game and getting the high fives from the team and ‘Bandy Man.’ ”
Mets manager Mickey Callaway was impressed.
“He was pretty nasty,” Callaway said. “They pitched a hell of a game.”
Harvey (0-1) gave up a leadoff double to Travis Shaw in the second and walked Domingo Santana. One out later, Villar curled an opposite-field drive just inside the left-field foul pole.
“Off the bat I thought it was foul,” Harvey said. “It’s frustrating.”
How Villar’s home run stayed fair was anybody’s guess. In the dugout, Counsell was “shocked.” So was Villar, who couldn’t believe he had given the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
“I saw the ball acting like a two-seamer, and I’m running but I never thought that ball would stay straight,” Villar said. “I hit it and I go, ‘Come on, ball!’ ”
Bandy, subbing for injured catcher Manny Pina, homered to left in the fourth.
Harvey was charged with four runs and eight hits in five innings. He threw 95 pitches and has gone 11 consecutive starts without getting an out in the sixth, the longest current streak in the majors.
“Not very good. I just have to be better than that. Obviously, we had a good streak going and tonight I needed to go out and be better, and that loss is on me,” Harvey said. “Too many hits, too many runs.”
The former ace gave up homers to the No. 7 and No. 8 batters in Milwaukee’s lineup. Both connected for the first time this season — Bandy’s long ball was his first in the majors since May 26 last year.
“I think I just have to do a better job of mixing things up throughout the whole start,” Harvey said with a sigh. “I think I got fastball and slider happy the first couple innings and it just put myself behind, got me in trouble.”
Anderson became the first Brewers pitcher to work into the seventh this season. Since July 25, 2016, when Anderson started getting results from a new curveball grip, he is 18-6 with a 2.76 ERA in 225⅓ innings. Four qualifying pitchers have a better ERA since that date: Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer and Kyle Hendricks.
It was Anderson’s third quality start in four trips to the mound. The Brewers’ other pitchers have one quality start between them -- in 11 other games.
“I think the guys in here respect that and have seen what I’ve done last season,” Anderson said. “I really respect the guys in here.”
It was a matter of matchups that slick-fielding Arcia found himself on the bench for the start of Saturday’s game, but Brewers manager Craig Counsell did acknowledge that coaches are working with Arcia to quiet his swing amid his early-season slump.
After Friday’s 0-for-3 effort against the Mets, Arcia was hitting .159 through 44 plate appearances
“I think he’s getting stuck off-balance a little bit,” Counsell said. “We’re talking to him and trying some things about getting his foot down quicker and letting his very good hands work for him a little better.
“It’s not a different message a lot of hitters hear from time to time when you start struggling. You’re putting yourself kind of in bad positions so that the best traits that you have — good hands or strength — aren’t allowed to work.”
Yelich return delayed
Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich remained on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique injury. He is eligible for reinstatement Sunday, but the Brewers plan to wait until sometime during their upcoming homestand to make that roster move.
Yelich took 70 swings indoors on Saturday and played catch.
“We want to get a little closer to 100 percent,” Counsell said. “We’ve got to have a couple good days in a row.”
• Pina sat out his third consecutive game with right calf tightness and probably won’t play today, the team said.
Pina was set to run the bases during batting practice.
• Left-hander Boone Logan (strained triceps) is hoping to throw his first bullpen session today. He has been sidelined since exiting a spring training game March 21.
• Catcher Stephen Vogt, sidelined by a strained right shoulder injury, threw at 90 feet with “no issues at all” and is hoping to move to 120 feet after the team returns home.
Once he can comfortably throw from that distance, approximately the distance from home plate to second base, Vogt would be ready for a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
• Right-hander Jimmy Nelson moved to 150 feet in his flat-ground throwing program earlier in the week as he inches back from shoulder surgery. Once he settles in at that distance, Nelson will work offspeed pitches on flat ground. After that, the next step is getting on a mound.
The Padres claimed left-handed reliever Tyler Webb off waivers from the Brewers.
Webb was designated for assignment on April 7 to clear a 40-man roster spot for J.J. Hoover, who has since been designated for assignment as well.
Brewers: With rain in the chilly forecast for Sunday afternoon, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 6.59 ERA) is scheduled to make his fourth start for Milwaukee in the series finale.
Opponents are hitting .333 with three homers against Chacin, who signed a $15.5 million, two-year contract after going 13-10 with a 3.89 ERA for San Diego last season. He is 2-5 with a 6.10 ERA against the Mets, including an 8.38 mark in five outings at Citi Field.
New York tagged him for nine earned runs in six innings last year.
Mets: Right-hander Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 3.94) is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two career outings against Milwaukee, both at home. He has struck out 16 and walked one in 13 innings this season.
Rookie catcher Tomas Nido will get his third major league start and first this season, Callaway said.