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An extra special win

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The Milwaukee Brewers got a two run home run from Johnathan Lucroy to spark a four run rally in the top of the 13th inning to defeat the New York Mets 5-1 at Citi Field Thursday night.   It was an extra special, extra inning victory that secured another road series win for the Brewers.   Both teams had their best pitcher on the mound at the start.  Johnathan Niese allowed only a second inning, solo home run from Aramis Ramirez in his seven innings of work while Kyle Lohse rebounded from his worst start of the year (8 earned runs versus Pittsburgh) by holding the Mets to a single, unearned run through 8 innings.  A two base error on Carlos Gomez put a runner on third in the fourth inning and a sacrifice fly tied the contest.  Both teams had chances in extra innings.  Brandon Kintzler worked out of a bases loaded jam in the 11th.  The Brewers had runners on second and third in the top of the 12th.  Finally, in the 13th, Ryan Braun led off with an infield single and Lucroy swatted Carlos Torres into the left field seats.   Torres, the last available reliever for the Mets, then loaded the bases with Mark Reynolds delivering an RBI single and Ricki Weeks got hit by a pitch to force in another run.  Zach Duke (4-0) got the win in relief and Francisco Rodriguez worked the bottom of the 13th but did not record a save because of the four run lead.   The Brewers have matched their season best mark of 13 games over .500 (40-27), and stretched their lead to five and a half games over the idle St.Louis Cardinals.   Milwaukee returns from a 5-3 trip to host the Cincinnati Reds in a short, three game homestand this weekend.  Matt Garza will be on the hill Friday night, Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on WTAQ.