Braun lifts Brewers over Mets in 18th

Ryan Braun’s two-run single with one out in the bottom of the 18th inning Saturday night finally capped a marathon game and lifted the host Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.The Brewers have won the first two games of the three-game series from the Mets, who took the lead in the top of the 18th on Jeff McNeil’s RBI single before falling below .500 (16-17) for the first time this season.Braun’s career-high sixth hit ended the longest game for the Brewers since a 10-9, 19-inning win over the Chicago White Sox on May 1, 1991. It was the Mets’ longest game since a 3-1, 18-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals on July 19, 2015.The Brewers carried a 2-1 lead into the ninth before Pete Alonso homered on the first pitch he saw from Junior Guerra.Twelve relievers then combined to allow just eight hits until there were two outs in the 18th, when Adeiny Hechavarria — making his Mets debut — singled with two outs against Trevor Williams. Hechavarria then stole second and scored on McNeil’s single to left.Flexen (0-2), who tossed a one-hit 17th, walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning before Braun laced a 2-1 pitch past a diving Alonso. That scored Eric Thames with the tying run and a sliding Yasmani Grandal with the winning run to end a game that lasted five hours and 22 minutes.The runs in the 18th were the first for the Brewers since the third, when Lorenzo Cain delivered an RBI single and scored on Mike Moustakas’ double.Braun was the only Milwaukee player with multiple hits Saturday. His six-hit game was the first in the majors since teammate Christian Yelich went 6-for-6 against the Cincinnati Reds last Aug. 29.