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Final Score: Athletics 8, Mets 5 — Late dingers not enough as A's earn series split

The Mets scored five runs in the last three innings but it was not enough to overcome an 8-0 deficit. Zack Wheeler endured the shortest outing of his career as the A's built a sizable early lead.

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One night after the Mets blew away the Athletics, the best team in baseball got some revenge. Zack Wheeler followed up his shutout against the Marlins last Thursday with a two-inning, six-run stinker tonight. The A's built an 8-0 lead by the sixth inning. Lucas Duda's pinch-hit three-run home run in the seventh inning and Chris Young's two-run shot in the eighth cut the deficit to three, but Sean Doolittle sent the Mets down one-two-three in the ninth inning to seal it.

The A's pounded out six hits against Wheeler, with the big blows a two-run home run by Brandon Moss in the first inning and a three-run double by Yoenis Cespedes in the second inning. The curveball that was so sharp for Wheeler last week wasn't there tonight. These games happen, he's still just 24 years old.

Four Mets relievers combined to pitch seven innings, allowing just two runs. Not bad. Thus ends the Mets-A's two-game series. They will meet for another two-game set in Oakland in August.

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