Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Jonathon Niese pitched his second career
shutout and drove in three runs, and the new-look New York Mets snapped a
five-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Prior to the game, the Mets traded outfielder Marlon Byrd, catcher John Buck
and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league
infielder Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later.
However, despite dealing their home run leader in Byrd, and the Mets still
playing without their franchise star David Wright, who is battling a strained
hamstring, New York generated more than enough offense in the second portion
of this four-game series.
Niese (6-6) allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out five for his
first shutout since June 10, 2010. The 26-year-old southpaw has been
performing great since returning from the disabled list, picking up his third
win in four starts.
Daniel Murphy and Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI apiece for New York.
Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (10-11) gave up all five runs -- one earned --
on five hits and four walks over six innings.
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