The Mets extended Travis Wood‘s winless streak to 11. Wood (7-10) gave up three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
In the Cubs seven-game home stand they fanned 77 times, including 16 on Thursday in a loss to Milwaukee. Five of their six outs Friday came by strikeout, and they fanned 14 times overall.
Wheeler (8-8) threw a career-high 120 pitches in 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked four and hit a batter.
The Cubs did score first when Wood walked to lead off the third, and one out later, reached third on Javier Baez‘s single before scoring on Anthony Rizzo‘s groundout. Starlin Castro then singled to drive in Baez for a 2-0 lead.
After the game, the Cubs announced Junior Lake would be optioned to Triple-A Iowa where he will finish out the rest of the year and make room for Dan Straily (0-0), who will make his Cubs debut against the Mets and Jon Niese (6-8, 3.46) on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. CT on WGN.