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Jon Niese pitched 6 2/3 innings, but allowed two unearned runs (due in part to a dropped popup by John Buck with two outs and nobody on in the seventh inning).

Scott Atchison relieved Niese with two on and two out, but allowed a two-run double to Ryan Howard and an RBI single to Chase Utley.

Brandon Lyon allowed a run in the eighth inning.


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

Niese really pitched well today, and deserved a lot better than what happened to him in the seventh inning. The defense failed him; and he got no help from Atchison. I was surprised Terry went to a righty after removing Niese because it brought Howard to the plate as a pinch hitter and put Atchison in a really tough situation. That doesn't excuse Atchison's ineffectiveness, but it was a poor matchup for him and a lefty could have helped neutralize Howard and contain the inning.

Three hits for the Mets. That was it today. They had no offense at all. The Mets did have ample opportunity against Cole Hamels, who allowed six walks in six innings. However, they were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

As for the errors, the Mets just can't give extra outs. They do not have the offense to overcome mistakes. That couldn't have been any more evident as it was today. Terry Collins has said a million times they need to do the little things right on both sides of the ball in order to be successful; and they have failed to do so for the better part of a week now...

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

The Mets open a three-game series with the Marlins tomorrow night in Miami. Matt Harvey will face Jose Fernandez at 7:10 pm.

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