New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Wheeler, Campbell lead Mets to 3-2 win over Cubs

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.

Game Recap: 

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 Cubs scored their two runs in the third with a ground ball by Anthony Rizzo that scored Travis Wood, who Wheeler walked to start the inning, and an RBI single by Starlin Castro.

In the bottom of the fourth, David Wright and Lucas Duda both took walks. Following a Travis d’Arnaud pop-up, Campbell brought his teammates home with a shot to left center.

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.

Game Notes:

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.

Up next: 

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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