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Final Score: Mets 6, Pirates 3—Fantastic Four

Zack Wheeler pitched well in his return from the injured list and the Mets hit four home runs.

Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Mets defeated the Pirates 6-3 in the opening game of a three-game weekend series at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler made his first start since hitting the injured list with shoulder fatigue and pitched very well, earning the win.

The Mets were held in check early by Pirates starter Dario Agrazal, but Jeff McNeil broke through in the bottom of the third with a three-run homer over the short fence down the right field line to put the Mets ahead where they would stay. Todd Frazier added to the lead with a solo homer in the fifth to stretch the Mets’ lead to 4-1.

The Pirates climbed back to just a one run deficit in the top of the sixth, when Adam Frazier sent one of Wheeler’s few mistakes sailing into the stands in left center field for a two-run homer. That ended Wheeler’s night, having given up 3 runs over 5 13 innings and striking out seven batters. But the Mets answered with a pair of solo shots in the bottom of the frame by Pete Alonso and Wilson Ramos to make the score 6-3.

The Mets bullpen—without Edwin Diaz available—was helped out by very timely double plays both in seventh inning and eighth inning, which were pitched by Robert Gsellman and Justin Wilson, respectively. Seth Lugo worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.

Full recap to follow.

GameThread Roll Call

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  4. deegie: 54
  5. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 46
  6. MookieTheCat: 34
  7. amazins8669: 26
  8. David Klein: 25
  9. navspycav: 19
  10. AnneInFlushing: 17