Zack Wheeler stayed red hot on the bump, delivering a two-run seven-inning performance to lead the Mets to a 6-2 win over the Marlins on Friday night.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Wheeler did not allow a hit until the fifth inning of Friday's game. After pitching 23 consecutive scoreless innings, he allowed a two-run hoer to Miguel Rojas in the seventh to cut the Mets' lead to 4-2. Overall, Wheeler went seven innings and gave up only two earned runs. He had eight strikeouts on the night, and lowered his season ERA from 3.89 to 3.82.
2) The Mets' offense got going in the third with three straight two-out hits by Jeff McNeil, Wilmer Flores, and Michael Conforto to give Wheeler an early 1-0 lead. Austin Jackson added to the lead with an RBI single in the sixth. Amed Rosario had three hits on the night, including a two-out RBI single in the sixth to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Kevin Plawecki's two RBI single in the seventh brought the Mets' lead back up to four after the homer by Rojas in the top half of the inning.
3) Seth Lugo pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning in relief of Wheeler. Jerry Blevins hit the only batter he faced in the ninth. Mickey Callaway, then, opted for Drew Smith, who got the next three outs to seal the victory.
Kristan Bravo, SNY.tv
Wheeler has found his groove. Wheeler is now 5-0 in his last five starts while the team is 6-0 in the last six games he's pitched. He has continuously proven his worth following trade rumors at last month's deadline. After finishing May with a monthly ERA of 6.43, Wheeler has drastically improved with ERAs under three for June and July.
Aside from the home run by Rojas, Wheeler escaped trouble several times and made Marlins' hitters look foolish at the plate. He is well on his way to the best season of his career.
The Mets saw productivity from hitters across the board, but perhaps none more uplifting than Rosario. He came into Friday with just four hits in his last 45 at bats. He went 3-5 on the night with two RBIs.
Conforto had a positive night both at the plate and in the field. He drove in the Mets' first run in the third and made an impressive catch in left to save Wheeler a run. He also walked to lead off the sixth inning and ultimately scored on Jackson's single. Conforto's RBI was his 40th on the year.
Flores and Todd Frazier each had two hits on the night, capping off a 13 hit performance by the team to open the series in Miami.
News and notes...
Wheeler has walked only one batter in each of his last three starts. He has now allowed only two runs in his last 24 innings pitched.
Jackson came into Friday batting .438 in just nine starts as a Met. He went 3-for-4 on the night, and brought his RBI to nine
The Mets continue their series with the Marlins tomorrow at Marlins Park at 7:10 p.m. on WPIX. Corey Oswalt (5.13 ERA) will go up against Dan Straily (4.35 ERA).