Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 8/20/13
Zack Wheeler picked up his sixth win of the season and the Mets blasted two home runs as they opened up their homestand with a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Wheeler was a different pitcher than we saw in his last start and just focused on pitching his game rather than trying to strike everyone out. The result was a solid effort as he held the Braves potent offense scoreless for six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. After loading the bases with two outs, Terry Collins had seen enough, pulled Wheeler, and called for Carlos Torres who was promptly greeted by bases-clearing double by shortstop Andrelton Simmons. All three runs were charged to Wheeler. The bullpen would contain the Braves the rest of the way including a perfect ninth by LaTroy Hawkins who earned his fifth save of the season. The final line for Wheeler was three earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched on six hits, three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 72 of his 114 pitches for strikes. Hi...
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