Final Score: Mets 7 Braves 5

The New York Mets (3-0) defeated the Atlanta Braves (0-3) today by the score of 7-5.

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

The Least You Should Know:

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  • Jon Niese (1-0) pitched six plus innings and allowed four runs on two hits and four walks, while striking out seven.
  • Ruben Tejada went 4 for 5, with two doubles and two RBI.
  • Daniel Murphy also collected a pair of doubles and RBI.
  • Frank Francisco locked down his third straight save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
  • David Wright reached base three times, going 1 for 1 with an RBI and two walks.

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Brian Erni: The line doesn’t tell the entire story on Niese, who was brilliant today. At one point, the newly-locked up lefty retired 14 batters in a row, while carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. After walking two batters in the first, Niese settled in with sterling command, and even showed a different look by dropping down to a side arm angle to pick up a few timely strikeouts.

The Mets brass may have been worried Tejada would try to press too hard if he was inserted into the lead off spot this early in the season, but thus far, their concerns have proven to be unfounded. Tejada has looked very comfortable atop the order, and may have a chance to solidify himself there while Andres Torres is on the shelf.

Byrdakmania was once again runnin’ wild at Citi Field, after Terry Collins played the match ups to get through the eighth inning. After Manny Acosta had surrendered a home run to Brian McCann to cut the Mets lead to two, Collins left Acosta in to get Dan Uggla, then turned to Brydak to induce a fly ball to right from Freddie Freeman.

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W.B. Mason Post Game Extra:

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Mike Pelfrey (7-13, 4.74 ERA in 2011) will open a three-game set against the Nationals on Monday at 7:10 pm. Edwin Jackson (12-9, 3.79 ERA in 2011) will start for Washington.




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