Wheeler tosses 1st shutout; Mets top Marlins 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm •  Published: June 19, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets got the best of Andrew Heaney during the Marlins prospect's major league debut.

Wheeler tossed his first shutout and made David Wright's first-inning home run hold up in the Mets' 1-0 victory over Miami on Thursday night.

"He showed you exactly what we've been talking about all along — plus stuff. Tremendous, great effort," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Wheeler. "He went after them. It was his night."

Wheeler (3-7) outdueled Heaney in the longest outing of the Mets starter's career.

"It feels great, I know I can do it every time out," Wheeler said. "I know I have the stuff. It finally feels good to go out there and do it and be efficient with my pitches and get ahead of guys."

New York, which won at St. Louis on Wednesday, has consecutive victories for the first time since a three-game streak from May 31-June 2. The Mets had dropped eight straight on the road before Wednesday.

Wheeler, the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft, struck out eight. He allowed three hits and one walk, and 70 of his 111 pitches were strikes.

He pitched to only one batter over the minimum and was helped by three double plays.

"Anytime somebody gets on, whether it be a walk or hit, you just try to make a pitch and get a double play. I was able to do that," Wheeler said.

The 24-year old right-hander lowered his ERA to 0.96 in four starts against the Marlins.

"He didn't miss over the plate much," Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "He was really good with locating his pitches off the plate. He threw a lot of fastballs, like we expected, but he didn't leave anything over the plate.

"You've got to tip your cap to a guy who pitched a great game."

Heaney (0-1) gave up four hits in six innings, allowing only Wright's home run. The 23-year old lefty, the ninth pick in the 2012 draft, struck out three and walked one.

"He did a nice job, gave us a chance and kept us in the game," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He gave up one pitch to a really good hitter for a home run and that was it. He executed his pitches, got his pitch count up high early, but then settled in.