Jonathan Niese was terrific and the Mets found some much-needed power in tonight’s 4-3 victory over the Marlins.
After Niese and Brad Hand traded perfect firsts, the scoring got underway quickly in the second. Giancarlo Stanton led off with an absolute shot to left, but Andrew Brown returned fire in the bottom of the frame with a jack of his own.
The Mets would not go away however, as Lucas Duda hit a three run bomb to put them on top 4-2. It was Duda’s 13th of the year.
After allowing a lead off home run to Stanton in the seventh (his second of the game), Niese got one more out before allowing the single which would knock him out of the game. Niese was apparently very frustrated, and he walked off the field muttering some not-so-nice words.
Anyway, Niese threw a very solid game: 6.1 IP, 6H, 3ER, 0BB, 7K.
Scott Atchinson relieved Niese, and retired Solano and Koyle Hill to end the frame.