Power pitching, that’s what the Mets want from Zack Wheeler. But power hitting?
Wheeler connected for his first major-league home run and struck out 11 in seven innings as the Mets handed the Phillies a fifth loss in six games, 9-0 in New York on Tuesday night.
“Pitching’s obviously first, but we work a lot on our hitting and we take pride in it,” Wheeler said. “We want to go up there and do well as a staff and not give them an easy out. Luckily, I wasn’t an easy out tonight,” he said.
A career .129 hitter, Wheeler lined a two-run double in the second inning off Zach Eflin (2-3). The next time up, Wheeler did even better, launching a drive over the wall in left-center.
Todd Frazier connected for a grand slam to make it 8-0 in the fifth.
“I was like, ‘God, he makes it look easy’ and I’m trying to get an extra-base hit or get on base,” Frazier said. “It was nice to have him supply the RBIs, give himself a little breathing room and I came in at the end.”
Cubs 7, Dodgers 2: Jose Quintana pitched seven crisp innings in his third straight win for host Chicago, which got a three-run double from Willson Contreras in the first inning and a two-run homer from Anthony Rizzo in the second.
Tigers sweep Red Sox: Boston’s Chris Sale stayed winless but struck out 10 in five innings as visiting Detroit won the opener of a doubleheader 7-4. The Tigers took Game 2 4-2 as Spencer Turnbull threw five shutout innings for his first major-league win.
Astros 10, Twins 4: Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Alex Bregman added three RBIs as host Houston rallied past Minnesota to snap a three-game losing streak.
Padres 6, Mariners 3: Austin Hedges’ two-run homer bounced out of center fielder Mallex Smith’s glove and over the fence, Franmil Reyes homered twice and had three RBIs, and host San Diego beat AL West-leading Seattle.
D’backs 2, Pirates 1: Jarrod Dyson dived around catcher Francisco Cervelli but was credited with the winning run only after a replay review in the sixth inning as visiting Arizona beat Pittsburgh.
Rays 5, Royals 2: Jalen Beeks took the mound in the second inning and struck out seven in 4 ⅔ shutout innings, Mike Zunino homered for the second straight game, and host Tampa Bay sent Kansas City to its fifth straight loss.
Nationals 6, Rockies 3: Patrick Corbin pitched six strong innings, rookie Victor Robles hit a three-run double, and visiting Washington beat Colorado.
Yankees 7, Angels 5: Luke Voit hit two solo home runs and Domingo German threw 6 ⅔ strong innings as New York won in Anaheim. Justin Bour hit a grand slam as an Angels’ rally fell short.
Marlins 3, Indians 1: Pablo Lopez allowed two hits and struck out six for visiting Miami, and Jorge Alfaro homered on reliever Neil Ramirez’s first pitch after Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco left with a bruised left knee.
Orioles 9, White Sox 1: Dwight Smith Jr. hit a three-run homer, one of four long balls off Ivan Nova, and host Baltimore ended a four-game losing streak. Renato Nuñez, Chris Davis and Joey Rickard also connected for the Orioles.
Reds 7, Braves 6: Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer in the first inning off the facade of the second deck in left-center field, and host Cincinnati wasted an early lead but rallied to beat Atlanta.
Cardinals 4, Brewers 3: Paul DeJong hit a tie-breaking, leadoff homer in the eighth inning, Yadier Molina had three hits and two RBIs, and host St. Louis beat Milwaukee.
Briefly: Reliever Nick Burdi has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the Pirates with pain in his right biceps and elbow. He grabbed his arm in pain after a pitch in the seventh inning of Pittsburgh’s 12-4 loss to Arizona on Monday. Pittsburgh said Burdi, who pitched 32 ⅓ innings from 2016 through ’18 after Tommy John surgery, had an MRI exam and is seeking a second opinion. … The Rangers placed left-hander Drew Smyly on the 10-day injured list because of nerve tightness in his pitching arm. … Kansas City pitcher Brad Keller dropped his appeal and started a five-game suspension assessed by Major League Baseball after he hit Tim Anderson of the White Sox in the buttocks with a pitch last week.
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