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N.Y. Mets (40-48) «300022000780
San Francisco (40-50)000000101262

Wheeler delivers as Mets cap rare sweep in San Francisco

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Zack Wheeler used to have long talks with Sergio Romo when they were teammates in the Giants organization, and the young pitcher is good pals with Mike Kickham.

None of that mattered when Wheeler took the mound at AT&T Park for the first time. He just wanted to pitch well.

Wheeler threw seven sharp innings, Marlon Byrd hit another home run and the New York Mets completed their first sweep in San Francisco since 1994 with a 7-2 victory Wednesday.

"I was drafted by the Giants and obviously wanted to pitch here," Wheeler said. "I didn't know how I was going to feel when I got out there. Honestly, I was relaxed."

Daniel Murphy and John Buck each had two hits and drove in two runs as the Mets won their fourth in a row, including three straight against the slumping World Series champions. The Giants have lost 16 of 19.

Wheeler (3-1), selected by the Giants with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, took a shutout into the seventh. He allowed one run and three hits, struck out five and walked three.

"That's the best all-around stuff I've seen," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He pounded the strike zone and got outs. He has a chance to be very good."

San Francisco dealt Wheeler to the Mets in July 2011 for outfielder Carlos Beltran. The trip to San Francisco brought back memories from his time with the Giants.

"Romo and me would talk all the time," Wheeler said. "He'd sit me down and talk me through things. It was fun to be able to watch him pitch the first night."

Matt Cain (5-6) lasted less than an inning for the first time in his career, giving up three runs and two hits while walking three and getting just two outs. He is 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in his last five starts.

"We needed a chance to win it, and I wasn't giving them an opportunity right there," Cain said. "I was walking guys. They got a couple of hits they needed, and that was it."

San Francisco dropped to 40-50, its first time 10 games under .500 since the Giants finished 72-90 in 2008, according to STATS. San Francisco was swept at home for the first time since July 27-29 last year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Wheeler retired 14 of his first 16 hitters before Pablo Sandoval singled for the Giants' first hit with two outs in the fourth. Wheeler also hit an RBI double.

"He was a lot more efficient getting ahead," Buck said. "He just needed to get his feet wet and feel a little more comfortable, but he's also working hard in things."

Cain's home ERA rose to 5.94, the second-highest among qualifying NL pitchers and more than double his 2.03 ERA in San Francisco last year.

"He was disappointed to come out, but I had to make the call," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's fine, but I didn't want it to become an issue. He was going on 40 pitches there and I didn't want to push him through again."

New York took a 3-0 lead in the first. Eric Young walked, stole second went to third on catcher Buster Posey's throwing error and scored on Murphy's single. Ike Davis and Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked, and Buck ended Cain's day with a two-run single.

Kickham retired 12 of his first 14 hitters into the fifth. That stretch ended when Davis singled and Byrd followed with his 15th home run and second in two days.

Wheeler and Murphy each doubled home a run in the sixth to make it 7-0.

Brandon Crawford singled home a run in the Giants' eighth, and Tony Abreu hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Notes

  • Giants RHP Santiago Casilla could be activated Thursday.
  • LHP Madison Bumgarner (9-5, 3.05) will start for the Giants on Thursday night in San Diego. He's 5-3 in 15 games against the Padres.
  • RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.39) gets the start for the Mets on Friday night at Pittsburgh. Since June 4, his ERA is 1.64.
  • Mets INF David Wright extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the ninth.
 
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Zack Wheeler, a former first-round draft pick by the Giants, helps the Mets complete their first sweep in San Fran since 1994. (USATSI)
Zack Wheeler, a former first-round draft pick by the Giants, helps the Mets complete their first sweep in San Fran since 1994. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Buck
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

Z. Wheeler
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
 
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF3100202 .260
Daniel Murphy, 2B5122021 .269
David Wright, 3B4010112 .308
Ike Davis, 1B4210113 .172
Marlon Byrd, RF5112032 .268
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF4000112 .213
John Buck, C4122000 .213
Omar Quintanilla, SS3000113 .246
Zack Wheeler, P2111000 .250
    Andrew Brown, PH1000010 .244
Totals35787610  
a-struck out for Wheeler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (22, Kickham), John Buck (8, Kickham), Zack Wheeler (1, Kickham)
HR - Marlon Byrd (15, Kickham)
SH - Zack Wheeler (2)
RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (38), Marlon Byrd 2 (49), John Buck 2 (46), Zack Wheeler (1)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy (20), Marlon Byrd 2 (19), John Buck 2 (11)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (15, 3rd base off Cain/Posey)
Team LOB - 8
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Wheeler (W,3-1) 7311350 3.54
Josh Edgin 1100010 4.18
LaTroy Hawkins 1211000 3.20
WP - Zack Wheeler (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Wheeler 101-64, Josh Edgin 14-10, LaTroy Hawkins 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Wheeler 6-10, Josh Edgin 1-1, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1
Batters Faced - Zack Wheeler 27, Josh Edgin 4, LaTroy Hawkins 5
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF3000010 .274
    Andres Torres, PH-CF1000000 .256
Kensuke Tanaka, LF4010010 .250
Buster Posey, C4010001 .316
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3010102 .259
Hunter Pence, RF4000012 .264
Brandon Belt, 1B2210211 .259
Tony Abreu, 2B3001012 .309
Brandon Crawford, SS4021001 .270
    Michael Kickham, P2000001 .200
    Nick Noonan, PH1000011 .216
    Marco Scutaro, PH1000001 .315
Totals3226236  
a-lined out for Blanco in the 8th
b-struck out for Kontos in the 7th
c-grounded out for Lopez in the 9th
Batting
3B - Brandon Belt (1, Hawkins)
SF - Tony Abreu (1)
RBI - Tony Abreu (7), Brandon Crawford (30)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Crawford (14)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Brandon Crawford (10, Misplayed grounder), Buster Posey (4, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain (L,5-6) 0.2233310 5.06
Michael Kickham 5.1544361 10.61
George Kontos 1000010 4.65
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 3.66
Javier Lopez 1100010 1.64
IBB - Wright by Michael Kickham
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 36-18, Michael Kickham 94-55, George Kontos 16-11, Jeremy Affeldt 13-9, Javier Lopez 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Kickham 7-3, George Kontos 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Javier Lopez 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 7, Michael Kickham 24, George Kontos 3, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Javier Lopez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41679
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Bill Miller