Marlon Byrd and Ike Davis hit back-to-back solo home runs in the third inning.
Daniel Murphy hit a two-run home run in the fourth.
Scott Rice allowed a run to score in the 8th inning, after a scoreless seventh. Carlos Torres and LaTroy Hawkins finished out the game unscathed.
Anthony Recker had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-3 with a walk and run scored.
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Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tvCan’t ask for much more out of a baseball team. Some stellar starting pitching, some power from the middle of the lineup and a notch in the W column.
Niese went deep, throwing 111 pitches over his six frames. Nice to see in his second start off the DL. He allowed leadoff hits in the first two innings, but then struck out the side both times for six of his nine Ks. Pretty stuff.
What’s left to say about Byrd? What a miracle of a season for him.
Davis hit his second home run since returning from the DL. The Davis situation gets weirder and weirder every day, of course, as he picked up two walks to go along with his dinger. Where does this leave him for next season? I have no clue, but it sure will be entertaining to watch.
Murph power! That was his tenth homer on the season. Remember 2009 when he led the Mets with 12 home runs for the season. Yikes… Let’s try to forget that.
As for Recker, starting for likely his last time in a while, he had a nice night at the plate, too.
All in all, a nice, clean, entertaining game, it’s 1:23 a.m. local time last pitch notwithstanding.
The Mets and Padres go at it again on Saturday, an 8:40 p.m. ET start.