Niese has strong start for Mets in 4-2 loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 12:43 am •  Published: June 7, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jon Niese once again had nothing to show for another strong start for the New York Mets.

Buster Posey hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off reliever Carlos Torres in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games by beating New York 4-2 on Friday night.

Niese matched Matt Cain for seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits to extend his streak of consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer to 16. But a lack of run support left him with another no-decision.

"It's tough," he said. "You go out there and battle and you want to see the win beside your name. But it is what it is, it's part of the game. It'll come eventually. I have all the confidence in the offense we have here. They're going to put up runs."

The Mets couldn't do it against Cain and San Francisco's bullpen as they lost their fourth straight game. The relievers have taken all of those losses with the winning rally by the Giants starting when Torres (2-3) walked Angel Pagan to open the eighth.

One out later, Posey hit a long drive to left-center to snap a 93 at-bat homer drought as the Giants (40-21) became the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins.

"The walks are killing us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's certainly something that you know when you grow up in the game, you walk people, it'll come back to burn you. Right now, we walk people and they seem like they score."

The homer capped a three-hit day for Posey, who entered the game with only four hits in his past 42 at-bats at home and no homers since May 3.

"He's a talented hitter," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We all have our ups and downs. We talk about that all the time. He saw the ball well tonight."

Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth on his 35th birthday to get the win. Sergio Romo got three outs for his 19th save in 21 chances.

Cain allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings in his first start back from a stint on the disabled list for a strained right hamstring. But he got a no-decision and still has only one win in nine starts in a rough season that has included two trips to the disabled list.



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