Zack Wheeler Pitches a Gem Against Rangers In Arlington

In times when victories are difficult to obtain the Mets will take them anyway they can. Wednesday night it came via an errant throw that gifted NY the game-winning run after blowing a 3-1 lead in the eighth.

A night after Jacob deGrom’s demoralizing loss, Zack Wheeler tossed one hell of a gem at Global Life Park.

It was an ominous start in the first when the surgically repaired Wheeler loaded the bases with the first three batters he faced – escaping with his only earned run after a Wilmer Flores to Lucas Duda double play. He gave his team seven strong, surrendering six hits, striking out five.

The very tall Texas starter Yu Darvish kept the Mets off the bases until the fourth when Jay Bruce, with Michael Conforto on board, launched a long ball just barely over the right center field wall, which was originally ruled a triple.

Clinging to a 2-1 lead, Bruce bit Darvish yet again in the sixth, this time a solo shot for some added insurance they would eventually need when the Mets most reliable reliever all season, Jerry Blevins, gave up a two-out single to Nomar Mazara, then a game-tying homer to Robinson Chirinos.

Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a double down the right field line off Rangers reliever Matt Bush, who dodged a bullet with the Mets futile rally Tuesday night. Pinch runner Matt Reynolds traded places with Duda and after Wilmer Flores flailed at a strike three, Curtis Granderson drew a seven-pitch two-out walk.

Then Jose Reyes, sporting a dismal .187 BA, got lucky on fielder’s choice to Rougned Odor whose spiked throw to second was bobbled and dropped by Elvis Andrus for an error, which held up after the Ranger’s called for a review.   And in all of the drama, Matt Reynolds continued rounding the bases scoring the Mets winning run.

The Mets can now enjoy a day off before they head to Atlanta on Friday for a four- game series against the Braves. Matt Harvey will take the mound in yet another attempt to regain a slice of his former self.

 

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