Wheeler said he wanted to stay in and finish the seventh inning, but he understood the decision to take him out of the game.
He threw 97 pitches, let up six hits and walked three batters.
"This game is about feeling good about yourself every once in a while, and he should feel good about himself tonight," Terry Collins said after the game. "He pitched a nice ballgame. I wasn't going to let him get himself buried to where you start feeling bad."
For whatever reason, Wheeler used a different delivery. He was lifting his hands over his hand during his windup, which he said he used to do when he was younger. Hey, if we was comfortable, so be it. The important thing in this start, for me, was seeing him fight. He let up a quick run in the first inning. He let up another run in the third. Yet, he was able to keep rolling and contain the D-Backs as his teammates took a lead they'd never let go.