MILWAUKEE -- Mark Reynolds hit his 17th home run of the season Saturday as the Brewers beat the Mets 5-2 at Miller Park.
Batting .364 on Milwaukee's current home stand, Reynolds finished the day with two hits and moved into a tie with left fielder Khris Davis for the team home run lead.
The Brewers added an insurance run in the eighth on a two-out RBI double by Davis, creating some breathing room for closer Francisco Rodriguez, who worked around a one-out double for his 30th save of the season.
Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese (5-6) kept the Brewers bats in check for the first four innings. He went five innings and was charged with three runs on five hits while striking out four.
Brewers starter Wily Peralta improved to 12-6 on the year.
Peralta had been superb in his last two starts, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in 14 innings, but struggled with his command from the get-go Sunday.
He needed 60 pitches to get through his first three innings in large part because of three early walks.
New York took a 1-0 lead in the third when right fielder Curtis Granderson doubled to lead off the inning then scored on a RBI single by first baseman Lucas Duda.
Milwaukee came back in the fifth, manufacturing a run behind shortstop Jean Segura who reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, moved to third on a flyout by Peralta and then scored on a wild pitch by Niese.
After center fielder Carlos Gomez singled, catcher Jonathan Lucroy tied the game with a double off the wall in right-center then scored on right fielder Ryan Braun's RBI single to right, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead.
NOTES: New York placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation Saturday and recalled RHP Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expects to have 2B Scooter Gennett back in the starting lineup Sunday. Gennett was out of the starting lineup again Saturday for a third straight game because of a sore right quad muscle. ... New York began the day with 12 victories during the month of July, tied with Pittsburgh for the most in the National League. ... Brewers starters have recorded a quality start in five consecutive games while posting a 1.35 ERA (six earned runs, 35.1 innings pitched). ... Nine of Mets 1B Lucas Duda's 17 home runs this season have come in the seventh inning or later. ... The Mets and Brewers wrap up their season series Sunday at Miller Park. RHP Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) gets the start for New York against Milwaukee, who has yet to declare a starter.