Final Score: White Sox 5 Mets 4

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David Wright scored the tying run (from second base) on a botched popup on the infield off the bat of Daniel Murphy with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.

LaTroy Hawkins allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the ninth inning after a leadoff single by Jeff Keppinger, an error by Hawkins on a sac bunt attempt by Gordon Beckham, and an RBI single by Alexei Ramirez with two outs in the ninth.

Zack Wheeler started for the Mets and was inconsistent for 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits with three walks with only one strikeout.

Wheeler allowed 14 foul balls with two strikes and struck out one of the 24 batters he faced.

Three of the four Met losses on this road trip have come in walk off fashion.

Carlos Torres turned in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The Mets plated two runs in the first inning thanks to a leadoff double and a stolen base by Eric Young, a sac fly by Marlon Byrd, and an RBI single by Josh Satin.

Andrew Brown hit his third home run of the year in the third inning.

Everyone in the Mets lineup recorded at least one strikeout, four of the nine were struck out at least twice.

The 13 strikeouts recorded by Chris Sale were the most tallied against the Mets by a single pitcher since John Smoltz recorded 15 in April, 2005 at Turner Field.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Just when the Mets got the momentum back in this game, Hawkins didn’t field his position well in the ninth inning, and the Mets couldn’t capitalize on an absolute gift from the White Sox tonight. It was a roller coaster of a game, and unfortunately did not end in the Mets favor…

Flashbacks to the Luis Castillo popup at Yankee Stadium tonight. Yes, when the Bermuda Triangle forms on any part of a baseball field, balls tend to drop in comical fashion. But honestly, that was the last thing I expected, even with the ball coming down. It’s hard to even describe what happened with Gordon Beckham on that mess of a play with two outs in the ninth inning. He just ran into Connor Gillapsie and all hell broke loose. Hat tip to David Wright for hustling all the way with two outs when the game was basically over. The hustle, character and fight have been a recurring theme lately, a lot of it seemingly being led by David Wright. Win or lose, that’s been fun to watch. Now, the Mets need to figure out how to sink their teeth in when they draw blood.

Wheeler was all over the place tonight. He fell behind mostly everyone, had trouble holding runners on, and simply could not put anyone away. John Buck called for a ton of breaking balls, and Wheeler was telegraphing those pitches by slowing his delivery down – that along with his general command and efficiency is something he will have to work on. Even so, Wheeler has nothing to hang his head over tonight. Despite not having it, Wheeler kept the club in the game, and found a way to get them into the sixth inning trailing by only one run despite zero control. He is going to work with the Major League staff in between starts and go on normal rest this Sunday – it should be fascinating to see if he comes back with better command and uses his fastball more frequently than he did tonight in his start against the Nationals on Sunday. As I’ve written time and time again, this is going to be a process for Wheeler; I expect Wheeler will have to take his lumps, and adjust off of these rough games in order to become a more polished pitcher.

What bugs me is everyone is talking about and comparing Wheeler to Matt Harvey and his first couple of starts last year. It’s completely unfair and unrealistic to expect Wheeler – or anyone – to replicate what Harvey has done, no matter how good Wheeler can be. It’s almost as if he’s pitching in Harvey’s shadow already, and there is an impossible expectation for Wheeler to fulfill whether he pitches well or not.

Anyway, Chris Sale was filthy tonight. I mean, ridiculous. I don’t know how the Mets got a hit against that guy, let alone three runs. His fastball was hard to see clearly on the screen, and his breakers were slicing up the Mets hitters on both sides of the plate. Nobody could settle into the box, even when they found a way to get on base against Sale. The Mets found success against him when they attacked early in the count, but he – unlike Wheeler – got a lot of swings and misses and the Mets had mostly uncomfortable at-bats from start to finish against him.

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The Mets will look for the series split against the White Sox tomorrow night at US Cellular Field, with Shaun Marcum facing John Danks at 8:10 pm ET.