July 25, 2013: Wheeler's First Home Win

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Date: July 25, 2013
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 7
Braves: 4
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, Daniel Murphy, John Buck, David Wright
Key play: Buck’s two-run single, Murphy’s single in 6th, Wright’s triple

The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Zack Wheeler got his first win in a home game as the Mets defeated Atlanta, 7-4.

Reed Johnson hit a double with one out in the top of the first inning. Justin Upton went down on strikes and Freddie Freeman drew a walk. Wheeler threw a wild pitch on a third strike to Evan Gattis that allowed Reed Johnson to come home for a 1-0 Braves lead. Zack followed up with a strikeout of Dan Uggla to end the inning. Atlanta starter Alex Wood then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Wheeler hurled a perfect top of the second. Wood shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Zack set down the Braves in order again in the top of the third. Eric Young and Daniel Murphy got back-to-back singles to open the bottom half. David Wright lined out to center fielder Reed Johnson and a single by Marlon Byrd scored Young to tie the game. Josh Satin drew a walk to load the bases and Justin Turner grounded out to second baseman Uggla to drive home Murphy. John Buck followed with a single that brought home Byrd and Satin for a 4-1 Mets lead. On his own hit, Buck advanced to second base via a throw to the plate. Juan Lagares was given an intentional walk. Wood then got Wheeler to ground out to shortstop Andrelton Simmons and finish off the inning.

Freeman got a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. Gattis popped out to third baseman Wright and a two-run homer by Uggla ensued. Chris Johnson drew a walk and Gerald Laird was struck out. Wood grounded back to Wheeler to close out the inning and retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Wheeler set down all three Atlanta hitters in the top of the fifth. Wood and Braves’ reliever Kameron Loe then combined for a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Leading off the top of the sixth, Freeman homered to tie the game at 4-4. Gattis grounded out to shortstop Turner. Uggla was hit by a pitch and Wheeler got Chris Johnson on a grounder to second baseman Murphy for an inning-ending double play. Andrew Brown doubled to begin the bottom half. Brown moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Murphy’s single to put the Mets ahead by a run. Wright followed with a triple that brought home Murphy. Byrd went down on strikes and Satin was given an intentional walk. Turner was struck out and Buck singled to drive home Wright with the seventh New York run of the game. Loe then retired Lagares on a grounder to third baseman Chris Johnson for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever David Aardsma pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Atlanta’s Anthony Varvaro yielded only a double to Murphy in the bottom half and New York’s LaTroy Hawkins hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Byrd singled against Braves’ reliever David Carpenter to lead off the bottom of the inning. Satin was called out on strikes and Turner drew a walk. Buck hit a force play ground ball to Simmons and a hit-by-pitch of Lagares loaded the bases. Carpenter then threw a called third strike past Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell struck out Uggla to start the top of the ninth. Chris Johnson hit a single and Laird was retired on a grounder to third baseman Wright. Parnell then got pinch-hitter Jason Heyward to fly out to right fielder Byrd and end the game. The Mets had a victory as Wheeler chalked up his first win of a game played in New York.