Zack Wheeler tossed seven shutout innings, lifting the Mets to a sweep of the White Sox as they posted a 4-0 victory. It’s the seventh-straight win for the Mets, raises their record since the All-Star break to 13-5 and brings them within two games of .500 for the year.
Wheeler was great for five innings last time out before tiring in the sixth in his first game action in 19 days. This time, he gave the Mets a longer start, as he allowed just four baserunners in his seven frames and notched seven strikeouts. He’s now 5-1 in games this year when he hasn’t allowed a homer, 8-6 overall.
Robinson Cano gave the Mets the early lead with a solo homer to lead off the second inning. It was an opposite field wall scraper. Cano later added an RBI double and came around to score on a play where it looked like he was going to be out by 10 feet. But the throw came in on a bounce and was unable to be corralled by the White Sox catcher and was scored an error. Wilson Ramos also had a two-hit game for the Mets.
Luis Avilan pitched 1.1 scoreless innings before giving way to Jeurys Familia, who retired the only two batters he faced in an outing that had us all holding our breath. Mets now head to Pittsburgh, where they hope to continue their strong recent performance against a Pirates squad that may be down a few players after their big brawl with the Reds.