Zack Wheeler had arguably the worst start of his young major league career Tuesday night as the Giants beat the Mets at Citi Field.
Wheeler walked the bases loaded in the second, and with one out walked opposing pitcher Yusmeiro Petit to force in a run. Ex-Met Angel Pagan, who would haunt them all game, singled to make it 2-0. A ground out made it 3-0.
The Mets got on the board in the third. Ruben Tejada doubled, Wheeler sacrificed him to third and he scored on a ground out to make it 3-1.
Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda walked to lead off the fourth. Wilmer Flores then laced a double off the left field wall to score Murphy to make it 3-2. With runners on second and third Matt den Dekker singled to center to tie the game. But den Dekker got caught off first base and got into a rundown. The Giants did a poor job and Flores came in to score and the Mets suddenly had the lead, 4-3.
Pagan walked to lead off the fifth. He moved to second on a sacrifice. Brandon Belt hit a sharp grounder down the first base line. Lucas Duda made a great play to snag it, but Wheeler was late covering so Belt was safe at first with a single. Pagan scored on a ground out to tie the game at four.
That was all for Zack Wheeler, who made it through five innings, allowing four runs on just three hits. However, he walked a career-high six batters, and that was his undoing. He took a no-decision.
Pagan led off the seventh inning against Sean Henn with a home run as the Giants regained a 5-4 lead.
They added two more runs off of Gonzalez Germen in the eighth, capped off by a triple by Pagan to extend the lead to 7-4.
Jeurys Familia, recovered from surgery in June to remove bone spurs from his elbow, appeared in his first big league game since early May. He was not very good, getting only one out in the ninth and allowing a run on two hits and two walks to make it 8-4.
The Mets managed to load the bases with one out in the ninth, with Murphy representing the tying run at the plate. Murphy singled to cut the lead to 8-5 and keep the bases loaded. Duda was next, the potential winning run. He fouled out to third for the second out. Pinch hitter Andrew Brown was the Mets last hope. He flew out to end the game.
Mets lose 8-5.