Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on seven hits in six-plus innings against the Cubs on Friday night at Citi Field before the bullpen gave up five runs in a 7-4 loss.
Wheeler had allowed baserunners in each of the four innings without allowing a run, but the Cubs' offense finally broke through in the seventh inning when he allowed back-to-back hits. After he was pulled, Wheeler's baserunners came around to score against Paul Sewald, tying the game at 2-2.
Wheeler finished the night with four strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision. He has now reached six innings in seven of 10 starts this season and turned in his fifth quality start of the season.
"I was able to keep them off balance, in and out, up and down," Wheeler said after the game. "That's the goal."
The Mets' bullpen was unable to preserve the 2-2 tie, as Sewald allowed four runs -- including a three-run home run to Kyle Schwarber -- and Jeurys Familia allowed a run on four hits in the ninth inning.
"Nobody wants to blow games down there," Sewald said. "It's frustrating when we hve to tell the starters 'sorry' over and over again."
The Mets' bullpen is now 1-7 with a 8.42 ERA in their last nine games.
Meanwhile, Mets starting pitchers had completed 18 straight scoreless innings dating back to Tuesday until Wheeler was charged with runs in the seventh. Mets starters have a 2.59 ERA through the last 14 games.