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Flushing,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Campbell hit a three-run homer in the 
fourth  inning to  help lift the New  York Mets over the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in 
the first match of a four-game set at Citi Field. 

Zack  Wheeler (8-8)  tossed 6 2/3 strong innings for New York, scattering four 
hits  and  conceding only two runs.  The right-hander tied his season high for 
strikeouts with 10 and improved his record to 5-0 in his last nine starts. 

"I've  been  able to keep  my walks  down," Wheeler said  of his success as of 
late. "Tonight was a little hiccup. I've been able to go after guys, repeating 
everything and feeling more comfortable each time out." 

Jenrry  Mejia pitched a  perfect ninth inning en route to his 18th save of the 
season as the Mets snapped a three-game losing streak. 

Travis Wood (7-10) struck out five over 5 1/3 innings, but was tagged with the 
loss for surrendering the homer to Campbell. Wood is winless (0-5) in his last 
11 starts. 

"We  were both limited as far as offense and runs on both sides," Cubs manager 
Rick Renteria said. "I thought both sides kept everyone in check. We just fell 
a little short." 

Anthony  Rizzo and Starlin Castro drove in Chicago's two runs as the Cubs lost 
for just the second time in their last seven meetings with the Mets. 

The Cubs  put runners  on first  and second  to start  the second inning, but 
couldn't  pick up a  run in the frame. After Castro and Welington Castillo hit 
back-to-back  singles, Wheeler  recovered, striking  out Arismendy  Alcantara, 
Ryan Sweeney and Chris Valaika to end the inning. 

Chicago took advantage of its chance in the third, scoring two runs. Wood drew 
a walk and Javier Baez singled. With runners on second and third and one away, 
Rizzo's  groundout plated Wood to open the scoring. Castro then hit a grounder 
up  the  middle for an  RBI single, scoring Baez.  Wheeler hit Castillo with a 
fastball, but Alcantara popped out for the third out. 

The  Mets took  the lead with three  runs in the fourth. Wood walked the first 
two  batters,  David Wright and Lucas  Duda, before getting Travis d'Arnaud to 
pop out in the infield. Campbell stepped to the plate and sent the first pitch 
he saw over the wall in left-center field to clear the bases. 

Vic  Black, Jeurys Familia and Mejia combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings 
of relief for the Mets. They struck out four batters and didn't allow a hit. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Cubs and the  Mets each finished with four hits. Chicago was 1-for-6 with 
runners  in  scoring position, while New  York was 1-for-4 ... Castro finished 
with  two singles, extending his hitting streak to 14 games ... Wright had his 
hitting  streak  end at 13 games.  He went 0-for-4  with a run scored ... Wood 
lost  for the  first time in six  career meetings with the Mets. He hasn't won 
since  beating the Phillies on June 15 ... Mejia has at least one strikeout in 
his last 10 outings. 

 
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