With just 10 hours of sleep in the last two days, Ike Davis did not have time to be nervous. The struggling slugger may have been tired making his return to the majors after nearly a month-long exile in the minors, but he did not look it. He had three hits and drove in two runs as the Mets routed the Brewers, 12-5, at Miller Park Friday night.

“He looked like a different hitter out there,” Terry Collins said, noting that Davis was more patient than the player he saw before he was demoted, his swing quieter.

Davis, who traveled for nearly 10 hours from Tucson to meet the team here Friday, went 3-for-5 with a walk and one strikeout. He said he was happy with his first night back in the big leagues since June 9, and cautiously optimistic.

“It’s just one game, obviously. I am squaring the ball up better. You can tell, I am seeing it a little better,” Davis said. “But it’s just the one game, we got a long time to go.”

It is also hard to make any conclusions based on Friday night’s game against the Brewers (34-51), who sent Johnny Hellweg to the hilll for just his third major-league start. The Brewers defense behind him was pretty bad, too. The Mets pounded Hellweg for seven runs, three earned, on seven hits and five walks in 3.2 innings. He struck out none, and the Brewers committed three errors.

The Mets own struggling rookie, Zack Wheeler, benefited from all the run support to post his second win. He left the game after the fifth inning with the Mets leading 7-3.

Wheeler wiggled out of a bases-loaded situation with one out in the bottom of the fifth. He coaxed a pop fly-out from Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and struck out Juan Francisco looking on a 90-mph slider.
That would be his last pitch of the night.

Wheeler again struggled with the command of his fastball. He needed 98 pitches to get through the fifth, working with runners on base in every inning. He gave up three runs, but just Francisco’s solo homer in the fourth was earned. He allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out three.