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Hardy hits grand slam, Brewers hammer Mets 12-3

Hardy hits grand slam, Brewers hammer Mets 12-3

J.J. Hardy hit a grand slam and Tony Gwynn Jr. played a fantastic all-around game to back a solid pitching performance by Ben Sheets and lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the sloppy New York Mets 12-3 on Saturday.
Bill Hall added three hits, Gwynn scored three times from the leadoff spot and the Brewers got two key runs on a sacrifice fly that turned into a messy double play for the Mets. Milwaukee has won 11 of 13 and 18 of 23 to improve Major League Baseball's best record to 25-11.
Sheets (3-2) yielded three runs and four hits in six innings, and Matt Wise worked a perfect seventh to preserve a 4-3 lead.
Two hit batters helped Milwaukee load the bases in the eighth, and Gwynn hit an RBI single for his third hit. Hardy followed with his second career slam and third homer in four games to make it 9-3. It came off rookie reliever Joe Smith, who gave up his first runs in 18 major league outings.
Pinch-hitter Corey Hart added a two-run triple in the ninth, and Hardy hit a sacrifice fly to give him five RBIs.