May 29: Mets (25-28) 4, Phillies (23-28) 1
Behind a stellar outing by starter Zack Wheeler and pair of RBIs by Chris Young, the New York Mets took down the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on the road. Wheeler pitched into the seventh, struck out nine and allowed just one run.
The Mets began the scoring in the top of the second on a Travis D’Arnaud double-play ball. With the bases loaded and nobody, following three consecutive singles by Lucas Duda, Chris Young and Wilmer Flores, d’Arnaud hit into a 6-4-3 double play to plate home Duda from third.
In the bottom of the second, the Phillies threatened with runners at the corners with two outs but were halted when starter David Buchanan struck out swinging to end the frame.
Young contributed his two runs batted in in the top of the fourth on a big a fly to left field. He belted an 0-1 offering from Buchanan over the left-field fence to give New York a 3-0 cushion.
In the fifth, the Mets pushed their lead to four when Curtis Granderson worked a base-loaded walk to bring home Wheeler from third. Wheeler had started the inning with a single to center.
On the hill, Wheeler’s only blemish came right before his exit as Marlon Byrd took him deep with one out in the seventh. Byrd connected on his seventh homer of the year on the first pitch he saw against the right-hander.
The Phillies couldn’t muster up any kind of offense the rest of the way as they went down 1-2-3 in the ninth against Jenrry Mejia to end the game. Mejia struck out the side, setting down Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for his fifth save of the season.
Wheeler was dominant on the bump as he allowed just four hits – only one after the second inning. He improved his record to just 2-5 and lowered his ERA to 4.31 with his 6.1 innings.
On the other side, Buchanan looked good as well in his 6.2 innings. He gave up four runs – three earned – and seven hits in the loss.