New York at Oakland

New York
W: Z. Wheeler (9-8) L: J. Samardzija (5-10) S: J. Familia (4)
HR: NYM - E. Campbell (3),L. Duda (23)   OAK - None

Wheeler wins again, Mets end 3-game skid

AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The New York Mets still consider themselves a contender in the NL East chase even with a daunting deficit to make up over the final month.

They're counting on building on their latest offensive performance.

Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer, Eric Campbell also connected and the Mets beat the Oakland Athletics 8-5 on Wednesday to snap a three-game losing streak.

''I hope it lifts us. I hope it gets us going,'' manager Terry Collins said. ''There were some big hits and some very good at-bats. I just hope this is the start of a final six weeks with some good offensive nights.''

Zack Wheeler (9-8) allowed two earned runs while working 5 2-3 solid innings. The Mets split their quick two-game interleague series.

Wheeler is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA over his nine outings since June 30. The A's chased him after two innings in the shortest start of his career on June 25.

The right-hander and former San Francisco Giants top prospect improved to 4-1 in his last 10 road starts.

Jeurys Familia relieved Vic Black with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth and walked in a run but avoided further damage. He finished for his fourth save.

Campbell and Duda homered during a five-run third against Jeff Samardzija (3-3).

Samardzija had been unbeaten in five previous starts at the Coliseum. Instead, he was done after 3 2-3 innings.

The A's closed to 5-2 in the third on consecutive RBI doubles by Coco Crisp and John Jaso. New York added on in the fourth with RBI singles from Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy.

''We strung five, six, seven hits in an inning. It's something to build on,'' Duda said. ''Hopefully we can continue rolling.''

Samardzija cruised through a 10-pitch first inning and got through the second unscathed. Acquired in a July 4 trade from the Cubs, he has never beaten the Mets in nine appearances and three starts.

''It's just having trouble putting guys away,'' Samardzija said. ''Probably as simple as that.''

Oakland lost for the eighth time in 10 games. The A's returned home from a 1-6 road trip through Kansas City and Atlanta in which they lost their last five.

Murphy's two-run fielding error aided the A's in the fourth. He nearly had the ball, but it skipped off his glove and then he inadvertently kicked it.

PLAN FOR COLON: Bartolo Colon will rejoin the Mets this weekend in Los Angeles and pitch Sunday before returning to the Dominican Republic for his mother's funeral. The right-hander was placed on the bereavement list on Tuesday.

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: A's team president Michael Crowley and other club officials participated in the ice bucket challenge for ALS after the game in the right field corner. OF Jonny Gomes did his own version.


Mets: OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was a late scratch, apparently his stiff neck still an issue.

Athletics: INF Nick Punto, sidelined with a strained right hamstring, is in the beginning stages of running. ''It's feeling good. The strength is getting back in there,'' Punto said. ... 3B Josh Donaldson had much of the day off because ''he's a little bit tired right now,'' manager Bob Melvin said. Donaldson entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and had a leadoff single.


Mets: New York continues its five-game California road trip with the opener of a three-game series Friday against the Dodgers, sending LHP Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) to the mound looking to improve to 3-0 in six career starts against Los Angeles.

Athletics: The A's have their second off-day in a four-day stretch before opening a key weekend series at home with the division-leading Los Angeles Angels. The schedule allowed Melvin to tweak his rotation and use three top starters: Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir. Gray is 0-4 in August after his 6-0 July that earned him AL Pitcher of the Month.

''We have an off-day tomorrow to clear our heads,'' Melvin said. ''We know it will be an exciting series and a big series coming up.''

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Players of the Game
New York

L. Duda
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

B. Moss
AB 3
R 2
H 0
HR 0

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New York (N.L.) Mets
Curtis Granderson, RF5121000.222.326.372
Daniel Murphy, 2B4121110.299.341.425
David Wright, 3B4100112.268.327.372
Lucas Duda, 1B4223110.255.354.487
Travis d'Arnaud, C4000121.224.292.390
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Wilmer Flores, SS4111001.229.260.292
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   Josh Edgin, P0000000.000.000.000
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HR - Lucas Duda (23, Samardzija), Eric Campbell (3, Samardzija)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (48), Daniel Murphy (52), Lucas Duda 3 (69), Eric Campbell (15), Wilmer Flores (14)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (11), Daniel Murphy (21), Lucas Duda 3 (20), Wilmer Flores (8)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Flores-Murphy-Duda
E - Lucas Duda (3, Misplayed grounder), Daniel Murphy 2 (15, Throwing)
New York (N.L.) Mets
Zack Wheeler (W,9-8) 5.2442330 3.48
Josh Edgin 0.2100010 1.44
Vic Black 1010200 1.95
Jeurys Familia (S,4) 1.2100120 1.97
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Wheeler 103-55, Josh Edgin 15-8, Vic Black 18-6, Jeurys Familia 29-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Wheeler 8-7, Vic Black 3-0, Jeurys Familia 2-1
Batters Faced - Zack Wheeler 25, Josh Edgin 3, Vic Black 5, Jeurys Familia 7
Oakland Athletics
Coco Crisp, DH5111003.255.351.392
John Jaso, C3011000.265.338.431
   a-Derek Norris, PH-C2000011.283.376.452
Stephen Vogt, 1B5010001.322.352.500
Brandon Moss, LF3200221.249.342.468
Josh Reddick, RF4110000.255.309.429
Alberto Callaspo, 3B-2B3000110.236.304.300
Sam Fuld, CF2001202.259.346.348
Andy Parrino, SS4000024.136.208.227
Eric Sogard, 2B1110100.215.302.269
   b-Josh Donaldson, PH-3B2010003.251.338.462
Jeff Samardzija, P0000000.176.167.265
   Jesse Chavez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dan Otero, P0000000.000.000.000
a-grounded into a double play for Jaso in the 7th
b-singled for Sogard in the 7th
2B - Coco Crisp (19, Wheeler), John Jaso (18, Wheeler), Stephen Vogt (9, Familia)
RBI - Coco Crisp (41), John Jaso (40), Sam Fuld (22)
2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (17), John Jaso (16)
Team LOB - 8
E - Eric Sogard (6, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Jeff Samardzija (L,5-10) 3.2777232 3.27
Jesse Chavez 2311330 3.34
Fernando Abad 2000000 1.62
Dan Otero 1.1000000 2.28
IBB - Duda by Jesse Chavez
WP - Jeff Samardzija (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 83-48, Jesse Chavez 45-27, Fernando Abad 22-16, Dan Otero 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 5-3, Jesse Chavez 2-1, Fernando Abad 3-3, Dan Otero 4-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 20, Jesse Chavez 12, Fernando Abad 6, Dan Otero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20312
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Gabe Morales