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June 19, 2013

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ATLANTA (AP) — Zack Wheeler lived up the hype in his major league debut, pitching six scoreless innings to lead the New York Mets to a 6-1 victory over the first-place Atlanta Braves and a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday.

Wheeler gave up only four hits and struck out seven while consistently reaching the upper 90s on the radar gun. He struggled a bit with his control, walking five, but got out of every jam.

It was a long day that gave New York's long-suffering NL fans hope for a brighter future, led by two of baseball's most dynamic young pitchers. In Game 1 of the doubleheader, 24-year-old Matt Harvey (6-1) struck out a career-high 13 to lead the Mets past the Braves 4-3.

John Buck homered for the Mets in the first game, and Anthony Recker went deep in the second game. Bobby Parnell got four outs in the opener for his 10th save.

Recker, hitting just .158 coming into the game, broke up the scoreless duel between Wheeler and Paul Maholm (7-6) in the seventh, crushing his second homer of the season.

Atlanta rookie Alex Wood (0-1) lost his first career start in the doubleheader opener, lasting only three innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 3, MARLINS 2

PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a leadoff home run in the ninth inning, helping Arizona end a four-game losing streak.

Goldschmidt's drive bounced high off the batter's backdrop in deep center field. His 17th homer of the season was his second in as many nights, and the second game-ending home run of his career.

Martin Prado also homered for the Diamondbacks.

David Hernandez (3-4) threw a perfect top of the ninth for the win. Chad Qualls (2-1) lost for the first time in 27 appearances, with Goldschmidt connecting on his second pitch.

PIRATES 4, REDS 0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pedro Alvarez singled home a pair of runs in the first inning, and Pittsburgh ended Mat Latos' streak of 21 regular-season starts without a loss.

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