No one in Mets history has ever hit three home runs in a home game. Did anybody think Kirk Nieuwenhuis would be the one to finally do it? Well, he did on Sunday as the Mets swept the Diamondbacks out of Citi Field.
Nieuwenhuis, DFAed by the Mets and traded to the Angels, only to be cut by the Angels and picked up by the Mets, led off the second inning with the first homer to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
The Angels tied the score in the top of the third, but the Mets regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. Daniel Murphy hit a solo shot and then Nieuwenhuis hit his second home run, a two-run shot, to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.
Paul Goldschmidt led off the fourth with a homer to cut the lead to 4-2. But Nieuwenhuis got the run back in the fifth with his third homer, off the foul pole in right to make it a 5-2 game.
Arizona made it 5-3 in the seventh, and that was all for Jonathon Niese. Jenrry Mejia came on for his first appearance since his PED suspension ended. He got the out to end the inning.
Niese went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Another solid start for Niese.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the seventh with a chance to tie the all-time record with four homers in a game. Instead, he struck out.
Mets win 5-3. It was their fourth straight victory and third consecutive series win. They head into the All-Star break at 47-42, in second place, two games behind the Nationals. Not too bad at all.