Aug 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Mets infielder Lucas Duda (21) is congratulated by catcher Travis d

Game Recap: Wheeler strong, Mets offense erupts in 8-5 win over A's

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The Mets (60-68) took an early 5-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 win over the Athletics on Wednesday afternoon in Oakland.


Game Recap:

The Mets jumped ahead in the third inning, when Eric Campbell hit a mammoth solo homer to center to give New York a 1-0 lead.

Later in the frame, after a wild pitch allowed Curtis Granderson to score, Lucas Duda crushed a three-run homer to left center as the Mets extended their lead to 5-0.

Zack Wheeler allowed the A’s to trim the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the third, but the Mets got those runs right back in the top of the fourth when RBI singles from Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy made it 7-2 Mets.

Two Daniel Murphy misplays allowed Oakland to close the gap to 7-4 in the fourth, but the Mets answered again in the top of the fifth when Wilmer Flores‘ RBI single extended their lead to 8-4.

A Lucas Duda error made the eighth inning a bit of a mess, and Jeurys Familia was called upon to clean it up. Familia forced in a run with a walk, but retired the next two batters to escape the jam.

Familia stayed in for the ninth, and worked around a two-out double to seal the win.

Highlights:

  • Zack Wheeler turned in another strong performance, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits in 5.2 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 3. His season ERA is at 3.48.
  • Lucas Duda hit a game-breaking three-run homer in the third.
  • Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson, and Wilmer Flores all had an RBI apiece.

Next Up:

The Mets are off on Thursday.

They open a three-game series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday night at 10:10 PM.

Jon Niese gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Clayton Kershaw for Los Angeles.

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