Final Score: Giants 2 Mets 1

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Daniel Murphy drove in Josh Satin from second base with a single in the fourth inning. Otherwise, the Mets were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, who has the fifth-best ERA in the National League.

The Mets got the tying run to second base in the ninth inning, but Lucas Duda popped out and Anthony Recker struck out to end the game.

Jon Niese pitched seven innings, let up two runs and two hits, he took the loss, but lowered his ERA to 3.81 on the year.

The Mets ended their 11-game home stand, during which they scored just 24 runs and went 4-7.

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Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Citi Field was pretty loud in the ninth inning… with Giants fans yelling, “Let’s Go Giants!” Yeah, that’s right. Ugh…

In regards to the actual game, it’s futile to moan about the lack of offense at this point, it’s a minor-league caliber, mostly embarrassing batting order and anyone watching knows this. I trust it will be better next season. In the meantime, they’re clearly running out the clock…

That said, I don’t understand why Terry Collins pinch hit Lucas Duda for Travis d’Arnaud in the ninth inning, with one out (after a sac bunt) and the tying run on second. I’d like to see Travis hit in a spot like that, especially since Duda could have (hopefully) pinch hit for Omar Quintanilla. Instead, Duda hit for d’Arnaud and weakly popped up, and then Anthony Recker pinch hit for Quintanilla. Justin Turner was on deck, but Collins said after the game that he was a decoy and isn’t ready to play yet. Instead, if the Mets had tied it, Murphy would have played shortstop and Mike Baxter would have played second base.

I don’t get it. These are they sort of moves, plus the bunting, that worries me about Terry in a big spot in a meaningful game, assuming we get the chance to see that scenario one day…

I’m really impressed with Jon Niese, who has done a terrific job since returning from the disabled list. Today, he mixed his pitches well and kept the Giants off balance, which is what he does when he’s in command of his game. He has a 3.06 ERA since coming back from injury, which is pretty much in line with what I’d expect from him over the course a full, healthy season. It’s nice to know he still has it, especially given concerns about next year’s rotation…

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

The Mets begin a three-game series with the Phillies in Philadelphia on Friday when Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12 ERA) takes on Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48 ERA) at 7:10 pm ET.