Zack Wheeler labored through five innings and the New York Mets offense was shut down against a dominant Scott Kazmir in an 8-1 loss Friday night to Cleveland.
Wheeler (7-4) got the first road loss of his career, giving up three runs (two earned) and five hits.
He struck out three and walked five, which tied a career high. The short night broke Wheeler's streak of five consecutive starts of pitching at least six innings.
''He had to fight through a lot of innings,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''He had to work very, very hard the whole game to keep us in the game, and he did that.''
Wheeler wasn't pleased with his performance.
''Never good when you walk five guys, make it a lot harder on yourself,'' he said. ''It was just a bad job tonight overall for me, not getting ahead of guys, falling behind.''
Away from Citi Field, Wheeler is 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts. Even with Friday's loss, New York has still won 10 of Wheeler's first 15 games in the majors.
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