NEW YORK (AP) — By manager Terry Collins' count Jonathon Niese made three bad throws all night — two pitches that were hit for triples and one attempted toss to second base.
That's all the support Ryan Vogelsong needed.
The San Francisco Giants' right-hander held the New York Mets to two hits in a swift 5-1 win Friday night for his first nine-inning complete game.
"I think it was just a matter of when they did any damage, he just didn't make the pitch he wanted to make," Collins said. "Otherwise, I thought he threw the ball good."
Niese (5-7) threw an efficient 87 pitches — 68 strikes — in eight-plus innings, nearly matching Vogelsong in the second-fastest game in the major leagues this year at 2 hours, 6 minutes. But Niese gave up nine hits and five runs — three earned.
Brandon Crawford had a run-scoring single, Matt Duffy an RBI single for his first big league hit and Hunter Pence added a two-run triple and RBI groundout off Niese for San Francisco, which won its second straight after six losses in a row.
The throw Niese regretted most, though, was to second base in the second inning.
Juan Perez led off with a double. Gregor Blanco then bounced back to Niese. The left-hander tried to nab Perez, who got caught off second, but he bounced the throw and Perez raced into third. Crawford followed with an RBI single and Pence drove in another with a grounder.
"It's unfortunate, because that's a situation where I can't make a mistake, and I did," Niese said. "Just made a mistake and paid for it, costing us runs and, ultimately, the game."
Vogelsong (6-8) faced 28 batters, one over the limit, allowing Juan Lagares' soft single leading off the sixth and Lucas' Duda's 20th homer to start the eighth. In ending a five-decision losing skid, he walked one and got two double plays. Vogelsong threw 102 pitches.
"My last month has been pretty tough," Vogelsong said. "I just told myself it's time to have a good last two months ... and do my part to try to get us into the postseason. It's a good start tonight."
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