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Thursday, July 24 (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (48-53) at Milwaukee Brewers (57-45), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92) Milwaukee - Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Regardless of what happens on Thursday night, fatigue shouldn't be an issue for Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.

The right-hander followed the All-Star break with the shortest start of his career, meaning he's thrown just one-third of an inning in two weeks before the Brewers host the New York Mets to open a four-game series at Miller Park.

Garza was persistent in his final pre-break start while going 7 2/3 innings against Philadelphia and took eight days off before a Saturday start in Washington, where he was dinged for five runs while recording a single out.

He threw just 42 pitches.

"He had one out. So we were going to get up to 50 pitches and none of us are comfortable with him going 50," manager Ron Roenicke said.

Still, the performance wasn't a total loss.

"He didn't throw the ball that bad," Roenicke said. "It's a shame you make good pitches and they did a good job fouling them off, and they did a good job reaching out and putting balls in play."

In six previous starts, Garza was 4-2 with a 2.35 earned run average, so it may have been an anomaly. He was considered for another start in short rest after the blowout, but stayed put so no one else's routine would be impacted.

The Brewers responded with a three-game sweep of Cincinnati in which their starters combined for a 2.29 ERA. Milwaukee is now 5-2 after an 1-11 slide.

"We've been scuffling, obviously, since before the break and (it helps) to get a couple of wins in a row and kind of get that feeling back in here that we expect to win every game," said Mark Reynolds, who homered twice in Wednesday's finale with the Reds.

The Mets counter with right-hander Dillon Gee, who allowed four runs in five innings of his first post-break start, a 6-0 loss at San Diego on Saturday.

"I definitely want to try to get deeper into games," Gee said. "There's really no excuse for it."

Gee is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in his career against the Brewers.

Milwaukee won two of three games in a series at New York in early June, but neither Gee nor Garza pitched.

On Wednesday in Seattle, Bartolo Colon tossed 7 1/3 solid innings and the Mets held off a late Seattle surge to defeat the Mariners, 3-2, and win the rubber match of a three-game set.

Colon (9-8) retired the first 20 batters he faced until allowing a single with two outs in the seventh inning. The veteran right-hander allowed just two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Juan Lagares each drove in a run for the Mets, who won their first ever series at Safeco Field.

07/24 10:52:28 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
PHI 40
CHA 53
 
2nd
PHI 40
CHA 53
 
2nd
ORL 33
UTA 38
 
1st
CLE 10
BRK 16
 
1st
BOS 12
MIN 13
 
1st
DET 15
TOR 8
 
1st
MIA 13
WAS 11
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
CHI
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SAN
POR
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DEN
LAC
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LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
2nd
RAD 63
SIENA 52
 
Half
BUCK 38
CASEWEST 36
 
1st
LIB 51
CPNC 35
 
Half
SCAR 28
CLEM 30
 
Half
CMICH 51
CONC 28
 
1st
MIAMI 25
EKENT 25
 
Half
GWEBB 52
HIWASSEE 34
 
Half
ODU 31
MDES 26
 
1st
BUF 30
NIAG 26
 
1st
KSU 31
NCAT 25
 
Half
FAM 21
UNF 38
 
Half
NORST 38
NARZ 20
 
Half
DART 33
NILL 19
 
Half
MORE 27
NKENTUCKY 49
 
Half
UCSB 34
SDCHR 18
 
1st
STJ 13
GAELS 25
 
1st
ALA 30
STILL 16
 
Half
HAMP 29
TENST 24
 
Half
TENN 26
TENT 32
 
Half
WMARY 46
WSHMD 16
 
1st
MERC 15
COOK 5
 
1st
FLGC 12
FUR 12
 
1st
CALST 13
SDKST 15
 
8:00pm Tonight
MTST
CHAT
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NDAK
DICKINSON
 
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LAMON
LSUALEX
 
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PRIN
LIP
 
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LAM
MLGN
 
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MINN
SEAT
 
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LOYC
SUTAH
 
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SELA
WINT
 
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SILL
NO
 
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MARQ
ALAAM
 
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TTU
ARKPB
 
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DEN
COLST
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CREI
TXPA
 
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CAL
EWASH
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UTST
IDST
 
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UTEP
ARZ
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CHAM
HAW
 
1st Intermission
NJD 2
TAM 0
 
1st
OTT 1
ANA 0
 
1st
DET 0
NYI 0
 
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WIN
BOS
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CAL
DAL