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Zack Wheeler Gives Up Four Runs as Mets Lose 5-4 to White Sox

Zack Wheeler, who won his Major League Baseball debut eight days ago, got no decision last night as he allowed four runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings in the New York Mets’ 5-4 loss at the Chicago White Sox.

Wheeler, 23, walked three and struck out one at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. In his debut on June 18, Wheeler pitched six scoreless innings and got the win in the Mets’ 6-1 victory at the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets (30-43) tied the game 4-4 in the top of the ninth when second baseman Gordon Beckham allowed an infield popup to fall for an error, allowing a run to score with two outs.

Alexei Ramirez’s run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the White Sox (32-42) the win.

LaTroy Hawkins (2-1) got the loss, allowing one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Addison Reed (3-0) got the win after blowing the save. White Sox starter Chris Sale gave up three runs on four hits and struck out 13 in eight innings.

Also yesterday, the Mets traded Collin Cowgill to the Los Angeles Angels for Kyle Johnson in an exchange of outfielders.

Cowgill, 27, was the starting center fielder for the Mets on opening day and became the second player in franchise history to hit a grand slam in the season opener. He was batting .180 with two home runs and eight runs batted in when he was sent to the minor leagues on June 18.

Johnson, 23, was taken in the 25th round of the 2012 draft and was batting .310 with two home runs and 30 stolen bases in 67 minor-league games this season.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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