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METS 5, BREWERS 4

Brewers' win streak cut off by New York

C. DELGADO Second straight HR C. DELGADO Second straight HR

NEW YORK -- Buzz cuts have been a perfect tonic for the Mets.

David Wright, Carlos Delgado, and Damion Easley homered, helping New York to a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee last night that gave the Mets three straight wins since a shaving spree in San Francisco left nearly all of them with close-cropped hair.

They returned home to signs of "Play Bald!" on the videoboards inside and outside the ballpark.

"We didn't get any prettier, but we're playing pretty good baseball since this happened," Wright said. "Hopefully, the streak continues."

New York (22-12) stopped a six-game winning streak for Milwaukee, the hottest team in the major leagues. Jorge Sosa (2-0) won his second straight start since coming back from the minors and beat Jeff Suppan (5-3), who pitched at Shea Stadium for the first time since helping the St. Louis Cardinals win Game 7 of last year's NL Championship Series.

The Mets took a 4-0 lead in the fourth and won for the seventh time in nine games, defeating a club that came to town with a big league-best 24-10 record and 10 wins in 11 games.

Geoff Jenkins, Prince Fielder, and J.J. Hardy homered for the Brewers, whose seven-game lead in the NL Central is the franchise's largest since divisional play began in 1969.

Sosa, starting while Orlando Hernandez is sidelined by a shoulder injury, allowed two runs -- on homers by Jenkins and Fielder -- and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He said he regained confidence in his slider at Triple A.

"He kept us off balance, mixed it up," Jenkins said.

Suppan didn't allow any hits in the first three innings, then gave up six in the fourth -- the first six-hit inning off Suppan since April 23, 2002, for Kansas City at Minnesota, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Suppan started six of his first eight batters in the inning with balls. He didn't give up a hit in any of his other five innings.

Mets manager Willie Randolph, asked whether the haircuts had anything to do with the wins, answered sarcastically. "Is that what it is? Wow, we should do that more often, I guess," he said. "I'll just set up a barber's chair in the clubhouse so we can keep that going. Whatever it takes."

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