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Final Score: White Sox 5, Mets 4: Strikeouts for Sale, Zack's wheels come off

Zack Wheeler struggled in his second big league start and the Mets ultimately fell to the White Sox 5-4.

Jonathan Daniel

Despite some ninth inning help from the White Sox defense, the Mets fell to the Sox 5-4 in walk-off fashion. Zack Wheeler made his second big league start and was a bit uneven, throwing 109 pitches over just 5.1 laborious innings. He allowed four runs on just four hits and three walks, but there was plenty of contact from the White Sox bats, and some loud contact at that. Wheeler only managed one strikeout and didn't get all that many swings and misses but was ultimately able to limit the damage. Against Chris Sale, meanwhile, the Mets' offense got off to a quick start as they ambushed the Sox ace for two quick runs in the first inning before he found his groove. And boy, did Sale find his groove, allowing just a run on two hits over the second through eighth innings, while striking out 11 batters during that time frame.

With the Mets down 4-3 in the ninth and David Wright at second base, Daniel Murphy popped up for what should've been the final out of the game but Gordon Beckham ran into Conor Gillaspie, allowing the ball to drop and Wright to score the tying run. The excitement was all for naught, though, as LaTroy Hawkins allowed the White Sox to walk-off on an Alexei Ramirez single in the bottom of the inning.

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