Niese shuts down Braves

11:46 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn (24) falls back after being hit by a pitch thrown by New York Mets relief pitcher Frank Francisco (48) (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mets won 6-5. (Photo: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)
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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and Jon Niese pitched seven strong innings, as the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, spoiling the first of Chipper Jones' final three regular-season home games.

Jones, who is retiring at the end of the season, was honored with a pre-game ceremony in front of the seventh largest crowd in the history of Turner Field, but the 18-year veteran finished 0-for-4 on the night.

Niese (13-9) pitched dominantly for New York, which has won seven of its last eight. He made just one mistake, giving up a homer to Freddie Freeman in fourth to break tie. He struck out three and didn't allow a hit over his final three innings.

Duda provided the Mets' only offense with his blast in the seventh off Tim Hudson (16-7), who finished the frame after putting two runners on. He allowed five hits while striking out four.

Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.


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