Zack Wheeler of the Mets looks at the ball after...

Zack Wheeler of the Mets looks at the ball after surrendering a second-inning run against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Sept. 17, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Mets righthander Zack Wheeler endured a flashback Tuesday night, exhibiting the wildness that plagued him in his earliest starts. In the Mets' 8-5 loss to the Giants, Wheeler allowed four runs in just five innings.

"Nothing was flowing," said Wheeler, who set a new career high by walking six.

It was a rough night for the Mets, who watched a rally stall in the ninth inning. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud left the game in the fourth with a sore right shoulder; he got hurt in the second inning, when he absorbed a Hunter Pence foul ball.

"It smoked me in the shoulder and as the game progressed, it tightened up," said d'Arnaud, who had difficulty throwing after he was hit.

Wheeler escaped with a no-decision because he departed with the score knotted at four. In the bullpen before the game, Wheeler looked sharp, but his effectiveness waned during the game.

His low point was in the three-run second inning, when he walked four, including pitcher Yusmeiro Petit with the bases loaded.

"It was unexpected what we saw tonight," Terry Collins said.

Former Mets outfielder Angel Pagan put the Giants ahead in the seventh with a solo homer to left against Sean Henn (0-1). Pagan had three RBIs and was a double short of the cycle.

Notes & quotes: Team officials decided David Wright is not ready to return from a strained right hamstring. "He probably won't play this series," Collins said . . . General manager Sandy Alderson said that even though Matt Harvey's status for 2014 is unclear, the Mets would prefer to address rotation needs in house; the GM said recently that the Mets would target a veteran arm this offseason.


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