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Mets' Wheeler tosses three-hit shutout vs. Marlins

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MIAMI -- Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets got the best of Andrew Heaney during the Marlins prospect's major-league debut.

Wheeler tossed his first shutout and made David Wright's first-inning home run hold up in the Mets' 1-0 victory over Miami on Thursday night.

"He showed you exactly what we've been talking about all along -- plus stuff. Tremendous, great effort," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Wheeler. "He went after them. It was his night."

Wheeler (3-7) outdueled Heaney in the longest outing of the Mets starter's career.

"It feels great, I know I can do it every time out," Wheeler said. "I know I have the stuff. It finally feels good to go out there and do it and be efficient with my pitches and get ahead of guys."

New York, which won at St. Louis on Wednesday, has consecutive victories for the first time since a three-game streak from May 31-June 2. The Mets had dropped eight straight on the road before Wednesday.

Wheeler, the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft, struck out eight. He allowed three hits and one walk, and 70 of his 111 pitches were strikes.

He pitched to only one batter over the minimum and was helped by three double plays.

"Anytime somebody gets on, whether it be a walk or hit, you just try to make a pitch and get a double play. I was able to do that," Wheeler said.

The 24-year old right-hander lowered his ERA to 0.96 in four starts against the Marlins.

"He didn't miss over the plate much," Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "He was really good with locating his pitches off the plate. He threw a lot of fastballs, like we expected, but he didn't leave anything over the plate.

"You've got to tip your cap to a guy who pitched a great game."

Heaney (0-1) gave up four hits in six innings, allowing only Wright's home run. The 23-year old lefty, the ninth pick in the 2012 draft, struck out three and walked one.

"He did a nice job, gave us a chance and kept us in the game," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He gave up one pitch to a really good hitter for a home run and that was it. He executed his pitches, got his pitch count up high early, but then settled in.

"All in all it was a good start for him."

It was a battle between two young starters that could see a lot of each other in coming years in the NL East.

"That's what the game is coming to," Collins said. "The game is changing where those big power arms are coming up in every organization, and they're all young."

Heaney allowed an infield hit to Eric Young, Jr. to begin the game, but got Daniel Murphy to bounce into a double play. Wright then hit his sixth homer of the season off the sculpture in deep left-center field.

No one else got into scoring position against Heaney.

"I had no expectations, to be honest," Heaney said. "I just wanted to pitch well. I felt early on I didn't know how it was going to go. It was kind of on the edge with every guy. From that fourth inning on I got into a rhythm."

Bryan Morris relieved Heaney in the seventh and faced a bases loaded situation, but he got Wheeler to ground out and end the threat.

Wheeler, who made his much-anticipated debut a year and a day before Heaney, complimented his mound opponent.

"I sat on the bench in between innings and just watched him, knowing that I was there not too long ago and knowing how he felt," Wheeler said. "He has a good arm, and I think he's going to do well."

Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth in his season debut with Miami. He earned 61 saves for the Marlins in 2007-08.

Reed Johnson singled in the ninth off Wheeler with two outs, but Rafael Furcal lined out to center to end the game. Wheeler threw a 95 mph fastball on his final pitch.

"I still had plenty," Wheeler said.

Notes

Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, and OF Matt den Dekker was optioned to Las Vegas. ... Marlins slugger RF Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts after coming out of Wednesday's game because of a bruised left wrist. ... New York will send RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) to the mound on Friday against Miami RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56).

 
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Zack Wheeler strikes out eight and allows only three hits in his first career shootout.  (USATSI)
Zack Wheeler strikes out eight and allows only three hits in his first career shootout. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

Z. Wheeler
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
 
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF3010100 .231
Daniel Murphy, 2B4020001 .297
David Wright, 3B3111102 .266
Eric Campbell, 1B4000011 .273
Curtis Granderson, RF3010100 .228
Chris Young, CF4010011 .197
Taylor Teagarden, C4000023 .167
Ruben Tejada, SS2000111 .218
Zack Wheeler, P3000003 .043
Totals3016145  
Batting
2B - Chris Young (8, Morris)
HR - David Wright (6, Heaney)
RBI - David Wright (36)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Campbell, Campbell-Tejada-Murphy-Campbell, Campbell-Tejada-Murphy-Campbell-Murphy-Tejada-Campbell
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Wheeler (W,3-7) 9300180 3.93
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Wheeler 111-70
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Wheeler 8-8
Batters Faced - Zack Wheeler 28
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, 2B4000001 .172
Jacob Marisnick, CF3000020 .294
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3000020 .295
Casey McGehee, 3B2010110 .311
Garrett Jones, 1B3000011 .261
Marcell Ozuna, LF3000001 .262
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3010020 .239
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3000001 .273
Andrew Heaney, P1000000 .000
   a-Justin Bour, PH1000000 .294
   Bryan Morris, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
   b-Reed Johnson, PH1010000 .278
Totals2703018  
a-flied out for Heaney in the 6th
b-singled for Gregg in the 9th
Batting
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jacob Marisnick 1
DP - Furcal-Hechavarria-G. Jones, Furcal-Hechavarria-G. Jones-Hechavarria-Furcal-G. Jones, Furcal-Hechavarria-G. Jones-Hechavarria-Furcal-G. Jones-Marisnick-G. Jones
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Heaney (L,0-1) 6411131 1.50
Bryan Morris 2200310 2.57
Kevin Gregg 1000010 0.00
IBB - Tejada by Bryan Morris
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Heaney 91-56, Bryan Morris 40-22, Kevin Gregg 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Heaney 7-6, Bryan Morris 3-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Heaney 21, Bryan Morris 10, Kevin Gregg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20334
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Pat Hoberg