Early Home Run Enough For Mets
By CHRISTOPHER STOCK Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) _ Zack Wheeler tossed his first shutout and made David Wright’s first-inning home run hold up in the New York Mets’ 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
Wheeler (3-7) outdueled Marlins starter Andrew Heaney, who made his major league debut, in the longest outing of his career.
New York, which won at St. Louis on Wednesday, has consecutive victories for the first time since a three-game streak from May 31-June 2. The Mets had dropped eight straight on the road before Wednesday.
Wheeler, the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft, struck out eight. He allowed three hits and one walk as 70 of his 111 pitches went for strikes. He pitched to only one batter over the minimum and was helped by three double plays.
The 24-year old right-hander lowered his ERA to 0.96 in four starts against the Marlins.
Heaney (0-1) gave up four hits in six innings, allowing only Wright’s home run. The 23-year old lefty, the ninth pick in the 2012 draft, struck out three and walked one.
Heaney allowed an infield hit to Eric Young, Jr. to begin the game, but got Daniel Murphy to bounce into a double play. Wright then hit his sixth homer of the season off the sculpture in deep left-center field.
No one else got into scoring position against Heaney.
Bryan Morris relieved Heaney in the seventh and faced a bases loaded situation, but he got Wheeler to ground out and end the threat.
Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth in his season debut with Miami. He earned 61 saves for the Marlins in 2007-08.
NOTES: Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, and OF Matt den Dekker was optioned to Las Vegas. … Marlins slugger RF Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts after coming out of Wednesday’s game because of a bruised left wrist. … New York will send RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) to the mound on Friday against Miami RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56).
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