Final Score: Mets 4 Marlins 3

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Lucas Duda hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth inning.

Andrew Brown hit a solo home run in the second inning.

Jon Niese allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings, two of which came on two solo home runs from Giancarlo Stanton.

Niese didn’t walk a batter tonight – he has now issued two walks or less in six of his seven starts since returning from the DL.

The Mets bullpen combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, capped by LaTroy Hawkins’ ninth save of the year.

The Mets won for just the third time in their last 13 home games tonight.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Yes, this was a meaningless game, but Duda’s home run in the sixth inning might have had some significance to those evaluating what he can be going forward for this club. He has been awful with runners in scoring position, and even worse with two outs and runner sin scoring position. He was clearly struggling to see the ball against the lefty tonight, but he mashed a hanger and turned this game right around. Sure, he gets on base, but Duda needs to hit home runs and drive runners in. Period. I’m not sure if he did much to change anyone’s mind about his value with his results tonight, but anything he can do can only help his cause heading into the off-season.

Niese has really been solid since coming back from the disabled list. He has mixed up his curve and cutter so well, had a nice and even tempo, and has been efficient. He got hurt by the long ball today but thanks to his ability to limit the walks and hits, they didn’t do that much damage against him. He will never been an ace, but he can be a damn fine back-end starter with the big power arms in front of him going forward.

What a year for LaTroy Hawkins, by the way. He has lasted the entire year, moved in and out of roles, and is now in a role which he probably dislikes the most as a closer. But, he is doing what he has to for the club and is thriving in this role. He’s dealt with a triceps injury over the second half, but he is biting the bullet and getting the job done and has been just fantastic for this team. If he wants to return I wouldn’t mind seeing him back in the bullpen in 2014.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

The Mets continue their series against the Marlins tomorrow afternoon with a single admission doubleheader at Citi Field. Play begins at 4:10 PM with Daisuke Matsuzaka facing Henderson Alvarez in game one, and Carlos Torres facing Jacob Turner in game two.