Eric Campbell‘s one long-shot gave the Mets (58-65) all the offense they needed Friday night at Citi Field. Combined with another successful start by Zack Wheeler, the Mets defeated the Cubs, 3-2, in the first of a four-game series in New York.
Wheeler finished his 6 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts, allowing two runs on four hits with four walks. Campbell was one of four Mets to log hits, with his three-run home run in the fourth inning providing all the scoring.
Both teams went down quickly with 1-2-3 innings to close out the first. The Cubs put two runners on in the second, but Wheeler K’d the next three batters to get out of it. Fly-outs put the Mets out of commission in the bottom of the second.
The closest either side got to scoring again was in the bottom of the seventh when Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada both took walks to open the inning, but neither went farther than that.
It was Campbell’s first home run since May 21.
Wheeler has a 2.02 ERA over his last nine games, allowing more than two earned runs only once over that span. His 120 pitches were a career high.
Dan Straily (3-3, 3.00 ERA in Triple-A Iowa) will make his first National League start for the Cubs in the second of a four-game series. Jon Niese (6-8, 3.46 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets at 7:10 p.m.
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