Christian Yelich hit his major league-leading 14th home run, tying the record for most before May 1, and the Milwaukee Brewers opened a five-run lead and held on to beat the New York Mets 8-6 Saturday night.

Yelich’s fourth-inning homer off Noah Syndergaard (1-3) was the first on the road this season for the NL MVP. His 14 homers matched Albert Pujols (2006) and Alex Rodriguez (2007) for the most through the first full month of the season. Yelich had three hits, a walk and two RBIs, raising his average to .350, and stole the 100th base of his big league career.

Ben Gamel also homered for the Brewers, who have won five straight against New York and go for a three-game sweep Sunday. Gio González starts for the Brewers on Sunday, a day after finalizing a $2 million, one-year contract to rejoin Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff throws to New York Mets' Michael Conforto during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff throws to New York Mets’ Michael Conforto during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New York, on its first three-game losing streak, dropped to .500 for the first time this season at 13-13 following a 9-4 start. Syndergaard gave up five runs, 10 hits and three walks in five innings on his bobblehead night. His ERA rose from 5.90 to 6.35.

Brandon Woodruff (3-1) allowed one run on six hits in five innings, leaving with a 6-1 lead.

Amed Rosario homered off Alex Wilson leading off the seventh and Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer against Alex Claudio, the rookie’s ninth homer this season.

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia, left, tags out New York Mets' Jeff McNeil who was trying to steal second base to end the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia, left, tags out New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil who was trying to steal second base to end the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Yelich singled home a run against Jeurys Familia in the eighth and Yasmani Grandal hit an RBI grounder that boosted the Brewers’ lead to 8-5.

Rosario hit an RBI single in the bottom half off Jeremy Jeffress. Josh Hader relieved with a man on and struck out Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos and Jeff McNeil on 11 pitches.

Hader needed nine pitches to get through the ninth, striking out Alonso and Robinson Canó on three fastballs each, then retired Conforto on a groundout. Hader has 29 strikeouts in 14 innings and has converted all six of his save chances.

New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis is unable to handle a dribbler hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Lorenzo Cain off Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis is unable to handle a dribbler hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain off Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Milwaukee built a 3-0 lead with the help of Eric Thames’ two-run single in the third.

Conforto walked with the bases loaded in the third, but Milwaukee went ahead 6-1 on the fourth-inning homers by Gamel and Yelich, and Moustakas’ run-scoring single in the sixth.

SLOPPY

Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich walks on the field prior to a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich walks on the field prior to a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Milwaukee’s first run scored after Moustakas hit a slow roller to third baseman J.D. Davis, whose throw to first beat Moustakas only or the ball to pop out of Alonso’s glove. First base umpire Todd Tichenor signaled out as Lorenzo Cain took a wide turn at second. Alonso picked up the ball, jogged toward second and threw to McNeil, coming in to cover second. The ball sailed off the glove of a leaping McNeil and into left field for an error as Cain scored.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: Woodruff ducked in the second inning to to avoid a line drive off the bat of Davis and was hit on his right shoulder. He was visited by a trainer and remained in the game. … RHP Freddy Peralta (shoulder) began a rehab stint with Double-A Biloxi and allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff throws to New York Mets' Robinson Cano during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff throws to New York Mets’ Robinson Cano during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Mets: INF Jed Lowrie (left knee) continues to hit at extended spring training.

UP NEXT

González is 11-2 with a 1.75 ERA in 17 starts at Citi Field. Mets LHP Steven Matz (2-1) has a 3.27 ERA in his last 17 starts at Citi Field.

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to Milwaukee Brewers' Yasmani Grandal during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, left, tags out Milwaukee Brewers' Lorenzo Cain who was trying to steal second base during the fourth inning inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, left, tags out Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain who was trying to steal second base during the fourth inning inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Milwaukee Brewers' Orlando Arcia (3) is thrown out at first base by New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario as first baseman Pete Alonso, left, stretches to make the catch during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Milwaukee Brewers’ Orlando Arcia (3) is thrown out at first base by New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario as first baseman Pete Alonso, left, stretches to make the catch during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Mets' Amed Rosario runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Alex Wilson during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Mets’ Amed Rosario runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Alex Wilson during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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