Maybe if the Mets had gotten more hits like the one Taylor Teagarden delivered Tuesday, Terry Collins wouldn’t be having conversations with general manager Sandy Alderson about his job status.

Teagarden’s sixth-inning grand slam helped the Mets end a six-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Milwaukee at Citi Field after Collins received a vote of confidence from Alderson.

It was the journeyman catcher’s Mets debut after being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace the demoted Travis d’Arnaud, and his opposite-field shot gave the Mets some much needed breathing room.

“He didn’t know he’s not supposed to get a hit,” Collins said with a laugh at the Mets’ issues hitting with the bases loaded this season.
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched six solid innings to improve to 3-0, leaving only after taking a liner off his right leg to lead off the inning. He recovered to get Carlos Gomez at first, but the leg stiffened and he was removed.

The bullpen made the lead hold up and for a night, took some of the heat off of Collins. Alderson said he felt the need to talk to Collins because of all the rumors regarding his job security.

“Any time you lose a few games in a row, there’s talk of someone taking a fall,” Alderson said before the game. “That’s simply not the way to approach a long season. What the team needs to do and what we all need to do is focus on winning games, getting better and improving the young players.”

Matsuzaka, Teagarden and Daniel Murphy — who had a two-run homer — might not be the best examples of that, but the Mets will take the victory.

Clinging to a one-run lead, the Mets drew three walks in the sixth before Teagarden lined a 1-2 pitch just over the right-field fence off Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada (5-3).

Collins was pleased simply to have seen someone get a hit in that situation; the Mets had been 10-for-64 with the bases loaded this year.