PITTSBURGH (AP) — There were smiles all around in the New York Mets' clubhouse Saturday.
After a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Mets got good news on third baseman David Wright's sore left shoulder: There was no structural damage in the joint.
Jonathon Niese extended his streak of solid starts with six gritty innings, rookie Eric Campbell had three hits while subbing for Wright as the Mets spoiled Gerrit Cole's return from the disabled list.
"I think it's important with (Wright) out that a bunch of other people need to step up and today we had timely hitting and timely pitching and were able to get a W, which was nice," Campbell said.
The Mets said Wright had a bruised left rotator cuff. He will be treated with anti-inflammatories before being reevaluated on Monday. For now, the Mets think Wright can avoid a trip to the DL.
"They want to see if it feels better after a couple days' rest," assistant general manager John Ricco said. "If he's still feeling the same, we'll reassess it at that time."
Niese (5-4) gave up three runs and scattered seven hits. It was his 20th straight outing without allowing more than three runs, dating to last season.
"I told (pitching coach Dan Warthen) when I came out that I was the worst pitcher in the world in the fourth and fifth innings, the dumbest pitcher in the world but was pretty in the other innings," Niese said.
Niese was handed a 5-0 lead by the middle of the second inning, but he nearly squandered it by issuing consecutive bases-loaded walks to Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart in the fourth and an RBI single to Neil Walker in the fifth that made it a two-run game.
Neise, however, made it through the sixth, Jeurys Familia followed with two perfect innings and Jenrry Mejia pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.
"Jon went back out there and battled after that fourth inning, even though he didn't have good stuff," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Campbell drove in the first run in a three-run first inning with a double off Cole (6-4). Daniel Murphy capped the Mets' scoring with a two-run single with two outs in the second.