The Mets (33-40) won their second straight game, taking the opening game of the series from the Marlins (36-36) by the score of 1-0.
All of the pre-game talk was about Marlins youngster Andrew Heaney, who was making his first Major League start. However it was the Mets own young starter who stole the show. Zack Wheeler took the mound coming off of losses in his last two starts, but turned in a banner performance tonight. The 24-year old right-hander tossed a complete game shutout, allowed just three hits and struck out eight while walking just one in perhaps his best game as a professional.
This was Wheeler’s first complete game in his young career, in fact his longest outing was previously seven innings.
Wheeler now has a 1.42 ERA in 19 innings versus the Marlins, which spans across three starts.
The Mets got their lone run when David Wright launched a first inning solo homer off of Heaney. It was Wright’s second homer in three games, giving him six longballs for the season.
Daniel Murphy went 2 for 4 in the game, raising his season average to .297.
The two teams will square off again on Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10PM ET. Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81 ERA) will get the ball for the Mets, and he will oppose Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56 ERA).