- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Zack Wheeler continues to look like a budding ace.
Wheeler remained unbeaten in nine starts since June 25 as the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in Friday’s series opener at Citi Field.
Eric Campbell's three-run homer made Zack Wheeler a winner.
Wheeler improved to 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA in his past nine starts. He limited the Cubs to two runs on four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 10 in a career-high 120-pitch effort. It marked his third career double-digit strikeout game.
His lone issue is an inability to go deep into games because of high pitch counts, in part fueled by the walks. Wheeler has not completed seven innings in any outing during his nine-game unbeaten streak. He has issued 11 walks in 19 1/3 innings in his past three starts.
Snapped: David Wright's 13-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 night that included one walk. Wright had one extra-base hit during that stretch.
What’s next: Jonathon Niese (6-8, 3.46 ERA) opposes Dan Straily in the right-hander’s Cubs debut at 7:10 p.m. Saturday. Straily went 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA earlier this season with the Oakland Athletics.