Mets RHP Zack Wheeler threw seven strong innings but was unable to win his seventh straight start in Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.
Wheeler struck out 10 batters and took a shutout into the seventh inning, but gave up the Mets' 1-0 lead when he surrendered a two-out RBI bloop double to Alen Hanson.
The 28-year-old Wheeler allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, throwing 81 of 113 pitches for strikes and lowering his ERA to 3.63 as he continued his hot second half.
Since the All-Star break, he is 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA in six starts, striking out 40 batters and allowing six runs and 26 hits in 39 innings. Monday's game was the first time since Aug. 15, 2014, when he struck out at least 10 batters.
Wheeler retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced before he pitched into and out of trouble in the fifth. He allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Belt and a double to Evan Longoria to put runners on second and third with nobody out. But Wheeler recovered by striking out the next three batters.
He faced a two-on, no-out jam in the seventh and was close to pitching out of it until Hanson's bloop landed to drive in Brandon Crawford and tie the game at 1. Wheeler got Hunter Pence to ground out to second to end the threat.