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Wheeler gives up just one hit in final start with 51s, but still suffers loss

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Steve Marcus

Pitcher Zack Wheeler talks with a coach during Las Vegas 51s practice at Cashman Field Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The 51s open the season Thursday against the RiverCats at Sacramento. This is the first year the 51s are affiliated with the Mets.

Zack Wheeler was the tough-luck loser in his last start with the Las Vegas 51s Thursday, giving up just one hit in 5 and 2/3 innings of an 11-0 defeat against visiting Tacoma at Cashman Field.

Wheeler, who the past two seasons has been rated as the New York Mets' top minor league pitching prospect, will make his big-league debut next Tuesday at Atlanta.

Wheeler (4-2) struck out out seven batters and yielded just one hit — a solo home run by Tacoma’s Carlos Peguero, who hit two of the Rainiers’ five home runs.

Tacoma closed the game with 10 unanswered runs in the final three innings, touching up Las Vegas reliever Gonzalez Germen for four home runs and seven earned runs in 1 and 1/3 innings.

Las Vegas managed just five hits against Tacoma starter Erasmo Ramirez in eight innings, including two singles from catcher Juan Centeno. No Las Vegas batter recorded an extra base hit.

The 51s at 7:05 p.m. Friday begin a home series against Colorado Springs.

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