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Jon Niese made his final start of the season tonight, and allowed only a solo home run to Freddie Freeman in seven innings.
Manny Acosta and Justin Hampson combined for a scoreless eighth inning, and Bobby Parnell converted his sixth save in 11 opportunities with a scoreless ninth inning.
Lucas Duda hit a clutch, three-run home run off of Tim Hudson in the seventh inning.
The Mets have now won seven of their last eight games.
The game came down to one mistake - the ninth pitch Tim Hudson made to Lucas Duda in his seventh inning at-bat. That was a hell of an at bat for Duda. If the game had a little more meaning for the Mets, it might be called an 'epic' at-bat. Nine pitches, one foul ball after the next, and on the last pitch, Tim Hudson missed with his fastball location, and Duda parked it for a three run home run. That was probably the best at-bat Duda has had all year, and something the Mets have sorely lacked from him the entire season. It silenced the Atlanta crowd, which was energetic all night. The Mets put a big road block in front of the Braves and their quest for the National League East crown.
It's funny - the Mets don't usually get the late inning, go-ahead home run at Turner Field. It's usually the Braves who get it done against the Mets. I have no problem with a little payback, especially in a game of significance for Atlanta...
Niese had another fantastic game, and put a stamp on a breakout season. He worked his cutter and curveball as well as he has all year against the Braves tonight and threw quality strikes with both pitches once again. In the past, he would table one of those pitches if he got into trouble with them, but he has maintained confidence in his ability to throw those pitches in any count this season, and took some giant steps forward in 2012 as a result.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets will look for the series victory against the Braves tomorrow night at Turner Field, with Chris Young facing Mike Minor at 7:10 pm.