Zack Wheeler struck out nine over seven innings and Amed Rosario had three hits as the Mets took the rubber game of the series with the Dodgers, 7-3, Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Wheeler (10-7) won for the eighth time in nine starts after allowing three runs on three hits -- including two homers -- and two walks. The right-hander retired the first 11 batters he faced before a Justin Turner line drive ricocheted off his chest for an infield single. Max Muncy followed with a monstrous two-run homer. Wheeler surrendered more than two runs in a game for the first time in nine starts.
2) Rosario singled three times, scored twice and drove in a run during his third consecutive multi-hit game and fifth in eight contests on the road trip. Wilmer Flores had a pair of RBI singles while Michael Conforto and Austin Jackson had run-scoring hits. Kevin Plawecki, Brandon Nimmo, Flores and Conforto had multi-hit games for the Mets, who took advantage of several miscues by the Dodgers.
3) Plawecki was hit in the ribs by a pitch by Pat Venditte in the eighth and was removed from the game. He and Wheeler were scheduled to undergo CT scans as a precaution. X-rays taken on Wheeler were negative.
4) Seth Lugo struck out one over two perfect innings of relief.
News and notes...
New York won its first series at Dodger Stadium since 2015 and have won consecutive games against the Dodgers after losing 12 straight.
The Mets improved to 8-6 in rubber games and ended their road trip at 5-4.
Wheeler is 8-1 with a 2.12 ERA in his last 10 starts dating to July 14. He has held opponents to six or fewer hits in nine straight starts, which is the second-longest streak of his career (10 in 2014). The 28-year-old has pitched seven innings or more in seven of his last nine starts, including three straight.
Wheeler: 1.19 ERA (7/53) in 8 2nd half starts
Conforto has seven homers and 17 RBIs in his last 24 games, three homers and five RBI on this road trip (eight games)
Nimmo is hitting .426 (23-for-54) with 12 extra-base hits, 14 runs scored and 11 RBIs in his last 15 games.
McNeil has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 starts and is batting .321 (43-for-134) since his Major League debut on July 24.
Rosario finished the road trip batting .459 (17-for-37) with four extra-base hits, five runs scored and three RBIs in eight games. He is batting .259, his highest mark at the end of a game since May 31.
The Mets (63-76) are off Thursday before beginning a seven-game homestand Friday night against the Phillies (73-66) at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Steven Matz (5-11, 4.20 ERA/4.60 FIP, 124 K's, 1.267 WHIP) opens the weekend series looking for his first win since July 26. After pitching to a 13.14 ERA over a four-start stretch, the 27-year-old has rebounded to allow four runs in his last 19 innings spanning three starts. Matz yielded one run and pitched seven frames for a second straight outing in a no-decision against the Giants last Saturday. He is 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in three career matchups with the Phillies, all coming this year.
Aaron Nola (15-4, 2.23 ERA/2.76 FIP, 188 K's, 0.974 WHIP) continues his Cy Young push after suffering his worst start in over two months. The right-hander allowed four runs and fanned 11 in 5 2/3 innings last Sunday against the Cubs to lose for the first time since July 14. Nola is 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets. He is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four meetings with New York this season.