Game Recaps

Jonathon Niese, Mets Beat Braves

Jonathon Niese made his final start of the 2012 season Friday night, and he made sure it was one he can remember all winter, throwing a gem against the Braves.

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Lucas Duda with the 3-run homer against the Braves.

The Braves reached Niese in the fourth when Freddie Freeman homered to right to make it a 1-0 game.

Tim Hudson was just as good as Niese, until the seventh inning, that is. Daniel Murphy led off with a double. David Wright hit a sinking liner to right — Andrew Heyward made a great diving catch for the first out. Murphy tagged up and advanced to third. Ike Davis was intentionally walked and Scott Hairston struck out. Lucas Duda then came through with a three-run shot to right to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Duda has 15 home runs on the season.

Niese went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits. He finishes the season with record of 13-9 and a 3.40 ERA, career bests. Perhaps more importantly, he finished the season healthy and pitching strongly for the first time in his career. He made great strides this season; hopefully he can continue in 2013.

Bobby Parnell came on to nail down the save, his second save in two games.

Mets win 3-1, their sixth win in the past seven games.

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