Once again, Zack Wheeler looked right at home at Marlins Park.
Wheeler won his fifth straight start over all, pitching seven solid innings and sending the Mets over the Miami Marlins, 6-2, on Friday night. He is 3-0 with a 1.55 earned run average in six career starts in Miami.
“I don’t think it’s anything in particular, maybe just pitching inside,” Wheeler said. “I don’t know. It’s nothing in particular, but I have good numbers here and hopefully can keep it rolling.”
Wheeler (7-6) allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out eight batters and walked just one for the fourth consecutive outing.
Mets Manager Mickey Callaway said that Wheeler “kind of goes after them like he knows his stuff is better than them and he’s going to make them beat him.”
Wheeler’s scoreless-inning streak ended at 23 when he gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Rojas with two outs in the seventh, making the score 4-2.
“I don’t think that was my best, but the results were there,” Wheeler said. “I just made that mistake to Rojas. I’m pretty sure he was sitting on it, so I’ll take that and put it in the memory bank and just go from there.”
Marlins Manager Don Mattingly had a different perspective.
“He looked pretty good,” Mattingly said. “His stuff was really good. I haven’t seen him pitch that much. This is the best I’ve ever seen him. He was on the attack tonight.”
The Mets’ Amed Rosario had three hits and drove in two runs, setting the tone from the leadoff spot.
Callaway said that Rosario was “really good.”
He added: “I thought his swing was short and quick, and I’d like to continue using him in that leadoff spot. I think it’s good for him.”
Kevin Plawecki knocked in two runs, and Austin Jackson had three hits for the Mets, who have won three of their last four games.
Jose Urena (3-12) gave up four runs in five and a third innings as the Marlins lost for the ninth time in 10 games. The Marlins have scored more than three runs only once during that span.
Miami’s Derek Dietrich played first base and batted cleanup, spots generally reserved for Justin Bour, who was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies before the game.
Michael Conforto hit a run-scoring single in the third. The Mets opened up the game with three runs in the sixth, including a two-run single by Rosario. Plawecki added a two-run single in the eighth.