Result: The Mets jumped out to an early lead and held on for an 8-5 win Wednesday afternoon.
Need to Know: Lucas Duda blasted a three-run home run to cap a five-run third inning against Jeff Samardzija. Duda’s 23 homers are tied for fourth in the National League. Zack Wheeler had his streak of nine consecutive quality starts snapped but moved over .500 (9-8) for the first time this season, allowing four runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson and Eric Campbell each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored and the Mets bullpen allowed just one run in 3 2/3 innings, with Jeurys Familia picking up his fourth save of the season.
Game Ball: Duda, who delivered the big blow that proved to be the difference in the game and continues to pad his career-high home run total.
What’s Next: The Mets are off tomorrow before heading to Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series with the Dodgers. The Mets and Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) caught a break when the Dodgers announced Clayton Kershaw was pushed up in the rotation because of Zach Greinke’s elbow discomfort. Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59) will face Niese Friday.