Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run as part of a four-run second inning against Mike Leake.
Jon Niese allowed two runs and only one walk in seven innings – he has a 3.00 ERA in nine starts since returning from the disabled list on August 11.
Vic Black earned his first big league save with a scoreless ninth.
Murphy, Eric Young and David Wright combined for six hits, two runs and three RBI out of the top three spots in the lineup.
The Mets went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position tonight.
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Michael Baron, ContributorThat might have been Niese’s final start of the year, and if it was, he has a lot to be proud of heading into the off-season. He gave up a lot of hits early in this game and ran into a bit of bad luck on a ball Juan Lagares misplayed, but he got his act together, threw strikes, didn’t issues walks, and ended his game on a high note. He’s done an outstanding job mixing and commanding both his cutter and curve lately, and hasn’t been afraid to use either pitch in any count regardless of the situation. In a way, his start tonight was symmetrical to his season in that he got off to a slow start, but ended strong. He has once again re-established himself as one of the better young left-handed pitchers in this game, and that is incredibly important for this club going forward.
Daniel Murphy isn’t a complete player by any means. He has obvious flaws, but he is a good hitter albeit a streaky one, has become serviceable at second base, and is a very strong presence in this clubhouse. He has shown a lot of growth in the second half and, unless he is traded this winter, has earned his place as this team’s second baseman going forward. One thing is for sure: he is not a problem on this roster at this point in time.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets will look to take the rubber game of their three-game series with the Reds tomorrow afternoon at Great American Ballpark, with Daisuke Matsuzaka facing either Greg Reynolds or Mat Latos at 12:35 PM.