In an all-around flat performance, as disgusting as the soggy conditions, the Mets lost 12-1 to the Blue Jays at Citi Field, failing in their latest attempt to win consecutive games for the first time since April 13. Happ is the first Jays pitcher ever to reach base three times in a game, and the first to score twice in a game since Roy Halladay did so in June 2003.
After returning to the mound in the fourth, Wheeler allowed a two-run homer to Teoscar Hernandez that put the Mets in a 3-0 hole.
After the rain delay, Wheeler gave up five runs and six hits in one inning, striking out one and walking three. It was also the rotation's first win in the month of May. Happ exceeded New York's offensive output by himself with two singles and a walk in four plate appearances. "He's one of our best infielders, but he's our catcher if you want to know the truth".
The 35-year-old is the first AL pitcher to throw seven innings and match or out-hit his opponent since the Angels' Clyde Wright against the Rangers on September 14, 1972, per STATS.
"It seems like we have trouble limiting the damage", manager John Gibbons said. "He held it together".
Juan Lagares had four hits and three RBIs to help NY improve to 12-0 at home against Toronto - the longest such streak in interleague history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Brandon Nimmo spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out solo homer in the ninth inning.
"I've been looking for that", Gibbons said after the game. "It's been a little dry lately, but we can strike pretty quick".
Happ, who had to endure a 10 minute delay in the third when the grounds crew came on to tend to the wet field, had great success with his four-seam fastball. Just a few Blue Jays have faced Wheeler in a regular-season game.
"To me, it seemed like the rain, the little (delay) trying to fix the field, kind of affected our guy and didn't their's", NY manager Mickey Callaway said.
The Blue Jays entered Monday ranked fourth in the majors with 56 homers but have been limited to three runs or fewer 12 times in the last 24 games. By comparison, NY batted 26 players in the first eight innings.
Mets: Cespedes sat out after an MRI revealed a mild right hip flexor strain. "He could play there, I've got no doubts he could play there, but saying that, he's not going to be out there a lot, but no doubt in my mind he'd be a good one". Evans was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and started in left field. Evans said he arrived in NY at 6:30 a.m., 6 1/2 hours before first pitch. He struck out in all three at-bats.
Cabrera seemed to take a step back when hitting lefties at home past year, slashing.268/.288/.286 across 59 such plate appearances (his total season line was.280/.351/.434).
Toronto prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had four hits for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday.
J.A. Happ gave the Blue Jays what they needed - and then some - in a 12-1 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday afternoon, splitting their two-game series. X-rays were negative, but Lagares is unsure if he'll be able to play Friday. The visiting Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2, while the host Blue Jays were beaten by the Boston Red Sox, 5-3.
Mets: New York gets Thursday off before beginning a stretch of 18 games in 17 days.
Zack Godley (4-2, 4.08 ERA, 43 Ks, 1.42 WHIP) carries a three-game winless streak into his ninth start of the year in the series opener.