May 16, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese (49) throws during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap: Behind Niese, Mets Defeat Pirates, 4-2

The Mets defeated the Pirates by a score of 4-2 on Tuesday night in Queens.

Jon Niese was on the hill for the Mets, and despite pitching well early, he struggled with his command as the game went on. Overall, he allowed two runs on three hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. On the mound for the Pirates was Edinson Volquez who pitched similarly, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks.

Game Recap:

In the first, the Mets had a runner in scoring position with one out after Daniel Murphy reached on a fielding error by Andrew McCutchen — but were unable to take advantage. The next inning, New York stranded two more as Niese struck out with two out. In the third, though, with runners on the corners and two out, Bobby Abreu hit an RBI single to bring in the first run of the game. Then in the fourth, Ruben Tejada doubled, and Lagares knocked him in with an RBI double to bring the Mets’ lead to 2-0.

Niese initially pitched well, not allowing a hit through the first three innings. In the fourth, Jose Tabata reached on a fielding error by Ruben Tejada and Gaby Sanchez singled before Niese got Russell Martin to pop out to end the inning. Niese again ran into trouble in the sixth after issuing three walks to Josh Harrison, McCutchen, and Russell Martin. With the bases loaded and two out, Starling Marte hit a two-run single to tie the game at 2. In his season debut in relief, Vic Black allowed a walk before striking out Ike Davis to strand the bases loaded.

Jeanmar Gomez, pitching in the sixth, allowed a walk and two wild pitches to get Tejada to third with one out. Lagares then put New York back in front with an RBI single, followed by an RBI double by Murphy to make it 4-2.

Entering in the eighth, Jenrry Mejia allowed a walk and a single before inducing an inning-ending double play by pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez. Mejia remained in for the ninth to close the game and pitched a scoreless inning to earn his fourth save of the season.

Up Next:

The Mets will play the rubber game of their three-game series with the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon in New York. Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34 ERA) will face Charlie Morton (1-6, 3.29 ERA) at 1:10 PM.


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