After a the big post-deadline deal that sent veterans John Buck and Marlon Byrd to Pittsburgh, the New York Mets (59-71) shutout the Philadelphia Phillies (60-72) in their series opener Tuesday night at Citi Field by a score of 5-0. Jonathon Niese (W, 6-6) tossed his first complete game shutout since June 10, 2010, allowing just three hits and a walk with five strikeouts en route to his third win in his past four starts.
- Daniel Murphy started the Met scoring in the third inning driving in Niese with an RBI single, his 73rd of the season. Murph finished the night 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- The Phillies committed three errors on the night, including key ones by Kevin Frandsen in the sixth that allowed Ike Davis to reach base and opened the flood gates for the Mets four-run inning.
- Travis d'Arnaud drove in the second run of his young career with a sacrifice fly in the sixth that scored Andrew Brown. d'Arnaud finished the night 0-for-3 and is now batting .143 on the season.
- Niese had a big night at the plate aside from his pitching performance, going 1-for-2 with a run and a walk and had a big three-RBI double in the sixth which scored Ike Davis, Juan Lagares and Omar Quintanilla.
- Kyle Kendrick (L, 10-11) started for the Phillies, allowing all five runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out three.
- Michael Young led the Phils with two of their three hits, a single in the second and a double in the eighth.
Player of the Game
This night was all about the resurgent Jon Niese, who now is 3-0 with a 1.92 ERA in his past four starts. With Matt Harvey done for the season, Niese will be counted on to provide quality starts as the veteran of the staff for the duration of the 2013 season and today he showed ace material on the mound. Not to mention his contributions with the bat, helping his own cause along the way. .
What's on Deck
The NL East rivals meet again Wednesday at Citi Field in a 7:10 game. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00) faces Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.62) in Dice-K's second start as a New York Met since being acquired on August 22.
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