Zack Wheeler bounced back from the worst outing of his career with one of his best, throwing six scoreless innings Wednesday afternoon. But Marlins starter Tom Koehler was even better, going eight scoreless innings. The Marlins ended up winning in the bottom of the ninth to sweep the series.
Wheeler cruised through five innings, but he started the sixth inning by issuing back-to-back walks. To make matters worse, Giancarlo Stanton was up next. However, Wheeler got him to hit into a huge double play. With a runner on third, Casey McGehee walked. Garrett Jones grounded out and Wheeler escaped the jam.
After 104 pitches, that was all for Zack Wheeler. He threw six innings of two-hit ball, striking out seven and walking five, three of them in that last inning. He lowered his ERA to 4.35 from 5.13.
Lucas Duda led off the eighth with a single, just the second hit the Mets managed off Koehler. Anthony Recker sacrificed him to second. Bobby Abreu, pinch-hitting for Ruben Tejada, struck out for the second out. Josh Satin pinch hit for the pitcher. He also struck out to end the inning.
After Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless seventh, Carlos Torres threw a perfect eighth. He was back out there for the ninth. Stanton led off with a single. McGehee walked. Jones hit a long fly out to right; Stanton tagged up. Kyle Farnsworth was brought in with one out and runners on first and third. Marcell Ozuna hit a fly ball to center. Lagares caught it and threw home. Recker couldn’t handle it and Stanton scored to end the game.
Mets lose 1-0, their second straight shutout loss to the Marlins.