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Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Cubs 2

8/15/2014

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.

After a pair of walks to open the bottom of the fourth, Eric Campbell bashed a three-run homer against left-hander Travis Wood as the Mets (58-65) overcame an early 2-0 deficit.

Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia shut down the Cubs over the final two innings. The Mets won despite producing only four hits.

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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.

The damage Friday came in the third on a run-scoring groundout by Anthony Rizzo and RBI single by Starlin Castro. Wood, albeit a solid-hitting pitcher, walked to lead off that inning.

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.

Late-game replacement: Ruben Tejada handled the final two innings at shortstop over Wilmer Flores after walking as a pinch hitter.

Ouch: Travis d'Arnaud was clocked with Javier Baez's backswing on the Cubs rookie’s foul pop-out in the fifth. D’Arnaud remained in the game after a visit from Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez.

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.