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Need to Know: Jon Niese started for the Mets in his season debut, allowing two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out four on 90 pitches.

Reds pitchers Alfredo Simon and Manny Parra stymied the Mets hitters, allowing just four hits and one earned run. They struck out eight Mets, who have now struck out 61 times in six games.

Juan Lagares was the only Met to drive in a run, singling in Ike Davis after he doubled in the second inning. Davis also singled in the seventh inning.

Eric Young picked up a double as well.

Gonzalez Germen, Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde combined to shut out the Reds in their 3 1/3 innings.

Game Ball: Niese, who looked good in his debut. But, most importantly, he stayed healthy and injury-free.

What's Next: The Mets have Monday off, then travel to Atlanta for their first away game of the season. They play Tuesday night, a 7 p.m. game.

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