Niese throws 3-hitter, drives in 3, Mets top Phils

Jonathon Niese pitched a three-hitter and lined a game-breaking three-run double Tuesday night as the New York Mets ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0.

Niese struck out five and walked one in his second career shutout in 112 major league starts. The Mets took advantage of several poor throws to win several hours after trading veterans Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh.

It was Byrd T-shirt giveaway night at Citi Field. Minus the team's RBIs leader, Niese (6-6) handled matters at the plate and on the mound. He retired 17 straight batters and scored the first run by running through third base coach Tim Teufel's late stop sign.

Niese improved to 3-0 in four starts since coming off the disabled list because of a partially torn rotator cuff.






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