MILWAUKEE — Taylor Jungmann was locked in a scoreless battle Jacob deGrom for five innings. But the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen couldn't keep the New York Mets off the scoreboard and Jungmann had to settle for a pat on the back from his manager.
DeGrom gave up four hits in eight innings, and the Mets beat the Brewers 2-0 on Thursday to stop a seven-game losing streak, their longest since April 2011.
"I thought he was good. I thought he worked hard to get through those five innings," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Jungmann. "It's encouraging. He's gone out there every time and given us a chance to win."
It was Jungmann's fourth career start, and he said he's working being more consistent in the strike zone and attacking hitters.
"A couple of outings, I haven't had my best stuff, but I think that's what the game is about, battling," he said. "Competing is what is what I love to do."
Jungmann held the Mets to four hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked two.
"I thought he'd done a good job and I was real comfortable turning it over to the guys we turned it over to," Counsell said. "It just didn't work out."
Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead double in the sixth for the Mets (37-37), who avoided falling two games below .500 for the first time this year. Flores put the Mets ahead after Michael Cuddyer's two-out single off Michael Blazek (4-2).
New York completed a 1-7 trip during which it was outscored 31-11 and hit .177. DeGrom (8-5) struck out seven and walked none in the eighth straight start in which he has given up two earned runs or fewer. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances.
New York won for just the fourth time in its last 22 road games. The Mets are 26-11 at Citi Field, but 11-26 away from home.
Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected in the fourth after Darrell Ceciliani was caught stealing at second. Collins ran onto the field and briefly argued with umpire Larry Vanover.
"I thought he was safe," Collins said. "I went out to Larry and said, 'I know I don't have any challenges left but for heaven's sake from my angle it wasn't even close at all.'"
Center fielder Gerardo Parra threw out Cuddyer at the plate when he tried to score from second base in the second inning on Kevin Plawecki's single to center, a call that stood after a video review that took more than four minutes.
New York loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but managed only one run on an infield single by Lucas Duda that deflected off the foot of reliever Will Smith.
After Milwaukee's Adam Lind singled with two outs in the seventh, Shane Peterson hit what initially was ruled a ground-rule double down the left-field line. Umpires called for a review and ruled the ball foul and Peterson singled moments later. DeGrom retired Jean Segura on a popout.
SHELTER FROM THE STORM
A rain shower that began in the bottom of the second inning left some fans scrambling for cover. The stadium's retractable roof eventually was closed before the completion of the top of the third inning.
Mets: 2B Dilson Herrera returned to the starting lineup after being given Wednesday night off. The rookie, who returned from a broken finger on June 10, had been hitless in 16 straight at-bats before singling in the seventh.
Brewers: OF Carlos Gomez and 3B Aramis Ramirez didn't start so that they could "rest their legs," Counsell said. Gomez entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth.
Mets: Noah Syndergaard (2-4) starts Friday's homestand opener against Cincinnati. He is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his last four starts.
Brewers: Kyle Lohse (3-9) starts Friday's series opener at home against Minnesota. Lohse is 0-5 with a 7.59 ERA in his last six starts and 0-1 with a 9.28 ERA in two career starts against the Twins.