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Mets 7, Nationals 4—Wheels Up

Zack Wheeler pitches 7.2 solid innings to lead Mets to victory over Nationals.

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets got to Nationals starter Austin Voth early in his major league debut, stringing together four straight singles to start the bottom of the second, the last of which by Amed Rosario plated the first run of the game. Zack Wheeler and Brandon Nimmo followed with a pair of productive outs—Wheeler’s a sacrifice fly to deep left-center—to stake the Mets to an early 3-0 lead.

Wheeler kept the Nationals off the scoreboard through five, when the Mets got to Voth again in the bottom of the frame. After Voth walked Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Bautista, Michael Conforto followed with a three-run home run to extend the cushion. The Mets added another off the tiring rookie to extend the lead to 7-0 by the end of the frame.

The Nationals got on the board in the sixth on a Bryce Harper RBI single that loaded the bases, but Wheeler got a huge double play from Matt Adams to escape the inning. Adams would get to Wheeler in the bottom of the eighth—an at-bat that only took place due to Jose Reyes’s inability to start a basic double play—to cut the lead to 7-4 and make Wheeler’s final line a bit less impressive. But for once, the bullpen held a lead for Wheeler, retiring the last four batters to secure the victory for him.

Full recap to follow.

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