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1B Lucas Duda snapped a season-high, seven-game RBI drought Wednesday night, when he went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two walks and a run in the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Marlins. Duda's two-run single in the fifth inning pulled the Mets within one run. He walked in the eighth and eventually scored on a groundout by RF Curtis Granderson. Duda hadn't driven in a run since Sept. 8. He is hitting .252 this season and with career highs in homers (27) and RBIs (83).
RHP Zack Wheeler will look to bounce back from one of his worst starts of the season when he takes the mound for the Mets on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Wheeler took the loss Saturday, when he gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings as the Mets fell to the Nationals, 10-3. It was the second time this season Wheeler allowed six earned runs and the first time since June 25, when he lasted a season-low two innings against Oakland. Wheeler entered Saturday 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA in his previous 13 starts. He is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Braves, including 0-2 with a 3.70 ERA in four starts this season. Wheeler took the defeat the last time he opposed the Braves on Aug. 27, when he gave up three runs (two earned) over seven innings in the Mets' 3-2 loss.
Juan Lagares (sprained right elbow) will miss at least the next few games. Manager Terry Collins said prior to the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday that he hopes Lagares can return this season but that he can't guarantee it. Lagares aggravated an existing elbow injury while making a throw in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 9-1 win. He left the game after the inning and was originally diagnosed with a hyperextended right elbow. An MRI administered Wednesday revealed the strain. Lagares is hitting .281 with four homers, 47 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 116 games while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense.
RHP Dillon Gee's second-half struggles continued Wednesday, when he took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Marlins, 4-3. Gee is 3-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break, a stretch which his ERA rose from 2.56 to 3.88 -- the highest it has been since mid-April 11. He is 7-8 in 21 starts.