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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — X-ray and CT scan Authentic Robert Woods Jersey , New York Mets starter Zack Wheeler was not about to call it a day after a 91-mph comebacker hit him square in the midsection.Wheeler gave up a two-run home run to Max Muncy three pitches after he was hit by Justin Turner’s comebacker in the fourth inning but he still went seven sharp innings to lead the New York Mets over the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday.The CT scan was considered more of a precaution, according to Mets manager Mickey Callaway, and the X-ray was negative. A positive was yet another impressive outing from Wheeler, even if he did allow three earned runs, ending his run of eight consecutive outings with two earned runs or less.Callaway considered the comebacker to the chest and the Muncy home run to be connected.“It definitely can (be),” Callaway said. “You’re kind of rattled a little bit and he had some trouble catching his breath for a second. It can definitely come into play, but he settled down and finished the game. He was a little tight at the end of the game so it was a good thing he was out of pitches.”Wheeler was unavailable for comment afterward as he was off getting his scan before the team boarded its cross-country flight back to New York in advance of Thursday’s off day.Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger homered for the playoff-contending Dodgers, who lost for third time in their past 12 games. Los Angeles finished with three hits.Wilmer Flores had a pair of RBI singles and Amed Rosario got three hits for the Mets, who went 5-4 on their road trip to Wrigley Field, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Rosario had a hit in all eight games he played on the trip to tie a career-best hit streak. He had 17 hits in the eight games.“Basically, what I am doing is that I am trusting myself more,” Rosario said through an interpreter. “What I am doing right now is working on putting the ball in play. That’s bringing the success right now.”Wheeler (10-7) retired the first 11 batters before Justin Turner hit a liner in the fourth inning that struck the pitcher. The exit velocity on Turner’s ball was clocked at 91 mph.Wheeler got a visit from the Mets’ medical staff before Muncy went deep. Overall, he allowed three runs and three hits, striking out nine and walking two.It was the first time Wheeler gave up more than two earned runs since July 14. He is 8-1 with a 1.86 ERA over his last 10 outings and has gone seven innings in six of his last seven starts.“These guys (the Dodgers) Robert Woods Jersey Elite , obviously they are swinging hard, trying to put it over the fence,” Callaway said about Wheeler’s liberal use of his breaking pitches. “You have to not allow them to sit on one speed. If you were just throwing al fastballs and sliders, or fastballs and changeups, you’re going to have a rough night. Mixing in a curveball gives a little more separation speed wise.”Flores singled home a run in the fourth and another in the fifth. Austin Jackson and Rosario also had RBI singles.Muncy hit his 32nd home run and Bellinger connected off Wheeler for his 22nd.“I was kind of just going based off what I’d seen on him in his past games,” Muncy said of hitting against Wheeler. “When he gets a guy on first he likes to go with his changeup. Then I took a chance and it paid off for me. He left it up in the zone. If he’d have left it down in the zone I probably wouldn’t have hit it but he made a mistake and that was probably one of the only mistakes he made all day.”Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2) gave up five runs on 11 hits over six innings with no walks and eight strikeouts.PLAWECKI SENT FOR CT SCANWheeler was not the only Mets player to receive a postgame CT scan. Catcher Kevin Plawecki also got one on his ribs after he was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning by Dodgers pitcher Pat Venditte.Like Wheeler, Plawecki’s scan was considered a precaution before the team boarded its flight to New York. With catcher Devin Mesoraco dealing with next and back discomfort after injuring himself on a swing Monday, getting another catcher to Citi Field this weekend is likely.“That would probably make sense,” Callaway said. “We have a day off (Thursday) so we have time to evaluate the situation. But we might need to do that.”TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: RHP Kenley Jansen is not expected to travel to Colorado this weekend after a team cardiologist recommended he not pitch at altitude after suffering an irregular heartbeat episode in Denver last month. . RHP Ross Stripling (lower back inflammation) threw 34 pitches in a simulated game, plus more in the bullpen, and is expected to come off the disabled list Saturday at Colorado.UP NEXTAfter an off-day Thursday, Mets LHP Steven Matz (5-11, 4.20 ERA) is scheduled to open a three-game series at Citi Field against the Phillies. Matz is coming off a career-best 11 strikeouts Saturday at San Francisco. After an off-day Thursday, Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-5 http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , 2.40) will open a three-game series at Colorado where he is 9-4 in 20 career starts with a 4.65 ERA. The Pittsburgh Pirates can get back to .500 with a win Saturday in the middle game of a series against the Miami Marlins at PNC Park.The Pirates (70-71), who won their fourth straight, 5-3, in the opener Friday, need to win what would seem to be an attainable but hardly simple 12 of their final 21 games to finish over .500.Things are bleaker for the Marlins (56-85), who have lost three of five. They need to win seven of their last 21 games just to avoid losing 100 games for the third time in team history.Article continues below …“No one wants to be part of a 100-loss team,” starter Dan Straily said going into what was a no-decision Friday. “Everyone in this room should want to avoid 100 losses. There’s only way not to do that.”The Marlins hit triple digits in losses in 1998 (54-108) and 2013 (62-100).Straily left in the fifth Friday with a strained left oblique but is considered day to day, the club said.Pittsburgh might have hit a setback Friday when right fielder Gregory Polanco left the field with some assistance in the sixth after an awkward leaping slide into second on a double. The Pirates reported he had pain in his left knee and left shoulder.Miami left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (6-9, 4.64 ERA) is scheduled to start against right-hander Ivan Nova (7-9, 4.35 ERA) Saturday.Chen has thrown more than 100 pitches in three of his past four starts. He is coming off a 6-3 win last Saturday against Toronto when he held the Blue Jays to one run and three hits, tied a career high with eight innings pitched and at one point retired 14 batters in a row.“He’s been really good for a while now,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s good to see that confidence in him. We’re seeing a guy that we thought we had a couple of years back before all this elbow stuff went down.”Chen has no lingering issues from elbow and shoulder problems that plagued him in recent years.“I probably feel the best over the last two or three years,” he said, adding that he’s also putting a big effort into preparation.“I’ve been trying to study hitters Authentic Alex Smith Jersey , watch videos, and talk to (catcher J.T. Realmuto) a lot. I do the homework day in and day out, and I think that helps me execute the pitch during the game.”Saturday’s game will be a test of whether he can do that on the road. He has a 1.77 ERA in 12 home starts, but a 9.35 ERA in 10 road starts.Nova’s last start was supposed to be Sunday, but instead he was granted a leave from the team for personal reasons.He has not pitched since Aug. 28, when he gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis. The Cardinals had 11 runners against him, five of them reaching on doubles.“It was on and off, on and off. I didn’t put it together, and it wasn’t my best effort,” Nova said.He is 5-5 with a 3.87 ERA over his past 14 starts.The Marlins might be a timely opponent. Nova is 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA in three career starts against Miami, including a 7-3 win April 15 when he struck out nine.

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