Zack Wheeler continued his run of excellence tonight, earning his fifth straight win, bumping him over the .500 mark for the season in tonight’s 6-2 victory over the Marlins in Miami.
The Mets broke through for the first run of the game in the third with three straight two-out singles by Jeff McNeil, Wilmer Flores, and Michael Conforto. Meanwhile, Wheeler continued to put up zeros, not allowing a hit until the bottom of the fifth when Martin Prado led off the inning with a single. Wheeler made quick work of the next three batters, however, making the Mets’ skinny lead stand.
The Mets tacked onto their lead in the top of the next inning, finally getting to Jose Urena. Conforto led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout by Brandon Nimmo. Todd Frazier and Austin Jackson then both singled to plate a run, ending Urena’s night. Drew Rucinski entered the game for Miami and hit Kevin Plawecki with a pitch to load the bases. Wheeler struck out swinging for the second out, but Amed Rosario smacked a single, his second of three hits he would collect on the night to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.
Wheeler threw 6 2⁄3 scoreless innings and seemed well on his way to ending his night with his scoreless streak in tact. However, Rafael Ortega singled with two outs in the seventh and Miguel Rojas belted a two-run homer to put a blemish on Wheeler’s nearly perfect evening, ending his scoreless streak at 23 innings. Wheeler recovered and struck out J.T. Riddle to end the inning—his eighth strikeout of the night—but the Marlins had pulled within two.
But the Mets got those two runs back against Javy Guerra in the eighth. Frazier slapped a one-out single and Jackson followed with a ground rule double. Plawecki drove in both baserunners with a single to once again give the Mets a four run lead.
Seth Lugo and Drew Smith both contributed scoreless innings to seal the victory for Wheeler and the Mets.
Full recap to follow.
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