Jul 21, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (49) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap: Niese struggles as Mets drop opener in Seattle, 5-2

On Tuesday night in Seattle, the Mariners defeated the Mets by a score of 5-2.

In his first start since a left shoulder strain landed him on the disabled list, Jon Niese took the mound for New York and struggled, ending his night after surrendering four runs on eleven hits and two walks in six innings.

On the mound for Seattle was Roenis Elias, who kept the Mets’ offense quiet en route to their third straight loss. Before leaving early due to left forearm cramping, the lefty pitcher allowed just one run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

Game Recap:

The Mariners got a run quickly off of Niese in the first after Willie Bloomquist led off the game with a single and stole second. Kyle Seager then hit an RBI single to drive in his 65th run of the year.

The Mets got even in the third when David Wright — celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his major league debut — hit a single off Elias that scored Ruben Tejada from third.

Niese ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning after surrendering a leadoff home run to Mike Zunino, his 14th of the season. Despite giving up singles to Bloomquist, James Jones, and Seager, Niese was able to induce the inning-ending double-play to limit the damage with the Mariners up 3-1.

In the fourth, Corey Hart walked and Dustin Ackley singled, after which Bloomquist hit a ground-rule double to score a run and bring his team’s lead to 4-1.

Niese then had two on and two out in the fifth, but ended the inning unscathed thanks to a run-saving, leaping catch by Tejada.

The Mariners had a webgem of their own in the sixth when Ackley robbed Travis d’Arnaud of a home run with a jaw-dropping catch that mirrored Endy Chavez‘ of 2006.

Pitching out of the bullpen for the first time since June 17, Hart and Ackley hit back-to-back doubles off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the eighth to make it 5-1 Seattle.

In relief for the injured Elias, Dominic Leone, Charlie FurbushBrandon Maurer held the Mets scoreless — but they were able to muster a run off Danny Farquhar in the ninth. After Lagares singled and moved to second on a wild pitch, Robinson Cano was unable to handle Murphy’s groundout clearly, and a run scored. Wright then flew out to center to seal the win for the Mariners.

 

Game Notes:

Niese’s streak of 21 consecutive games allowing three earned runs or less was snapped tonight.

The Mets have scored three runs in their last 33 innings.

Curtis Granderson ended his night going 0-5 with four strikeouts, his first four-strikeout game since June 7, 2012.

New York is still winless in Seattle with a record of 0-4 all-time.

 

Up Next:

The Mets will continue their three-game series with the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18 ERA) will face Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58 ERA) at 10:10pm ET.


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