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Wheeler leads Mets over slumping Giants

July 11, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Giants prospect Zack Wheeler pitched seven sharp innings and Marlon Byrd homered again as the New York Mets completed their first sweep in San Francisco since 1994 with a 7-2 win on Wednesday.

“I was drafted by the Giants and obviously wanted to pitch here,” Wheeler said. “I didn’t know how I was going to feel when I got out there. Honestly, I was relaxed.”

Daniel Murphy and John Buck each had two hits and drove in two runs as the Mets won their fourth in a row, including three straight over the slumping World Series champions. The Giants have lost 16 of 19.

Wheeler, selected by the Giants with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, took a shutout into the seventh. He allowed one run and three hits, struck out five and walked three.

“That’s the best all-around stuff I’ve seen,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He pounded the strike zone and got outs. He has a chance to be very good.”

San Francisco dealt Wheeler to the Mets in July 2011 for outfielder Carlos Beltran. The trip to San Francisco brought back memories from his time with the Giants.

“Romo and me would talk all the time,” Wheeler said. “He’d sit me down and talk me through things. It was fun to be able to watch him pitch the first night.”

Matt Cain (5-6) lasted less than an inning for the first time in his career, giving up three runs and two hits while walking three and getting just two outs. He is 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in his last five starts.

“We needed a chance to win it, and I wasn’t giving them an opportunity right there,” Cain said. “I was walking guys. They got a couple of hits they needed, and that was it.”

The Dodgers beat Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 with Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis hitting consecutive homers in the 14th inning to complete a three-game sweep.

Ellis tied the game with a two-out, run-scoring single in the ninth inning off Heath Bell and Ramirez hit the first pitch of the 14th off Josh Collmenter just over the wall in right field. Five pitches later, Ellis made it 7-5 with his fourth homer.

Kenley Jansen (3-3) pitched the final two innings for the Dodgers, who used all of their position players and had Zack Greinke, Monday’s starter, pinch hit in the 10th inning.

Los Angeles has won 15 of 18 to move within 1 1-2 games of the NL West lead after its first sweep of Arizona since 2010.

In Philadelphia, Gio Gonzalez tossed seven sharp innings, the Nationals hit a pair of consecutive homers off Cliff Lee and Washington beat the Phillies 5-1.

Elsewhere in the National League, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run double to end a 10-game RBI drought as the Miami Marlins broke a five-game losing streak by beating Atlanta 6-2, while Cincinnati beat the Brewers by the same margin at Milwaukee.

The AL-leading Boston Red Sox had an 11-4 win over the Mariners, with David Ortiz doubling in his first at-bat to become baseball’s career leader in hits as a designated hitter.

At Detroit, Prince Fielder homered and Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings as the Tigers bounced back with an 8-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

At Baltimore, Wei-Yin Chen returned from the disabled list to pitch seven innings of three-hit ball and the Orioles got a three-run homer from Nolan Reimold in a 6-1 victory over Texas.

The Yankees beat the Royals 81 with Robinson Cano hitting a three-run homer and Lyle Overbay adding a grand slam, and the Blue Jays edged the Indians 5-4 in Cleveland, helped by Munenori Kawasaki’s two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

Tampa Bay won its season-best seventh straight game when Ben Zobrist hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning for a 4-3 victory.

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