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Kirk Nieuwenhuis became the first New York Met since Mike Piazza in 2000 to reach base six times in a nine-inning game without an error involved.MILWAUKEE -- What do Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Piazza have in common? They are the last two Mets to reach base six times in a nine-inning game without an error being involved.
Nieuwenhuis, starting in right field with Marlon Byrd getting a day off, went 4-for-4 with two walks and a career-high five RBIs as the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 12-5, on Friday night at Miller Park.
"I haven't done it in a while," Nieuwenhuis said of the feat. "I don't know if I've ever done it."
The only Mets before Nieuwenhuis to reach base six times in a nine-inning game without an error:
• Piazza on May 27, 2000, against St. Louis.
• Edgardo Alfonzo on Aug. 30, 1999, against Houston.
• Todd Hundley on May 6, 1997, against Colorado.
• Carl Everett on Aug. 8, 1995, against Philadelphia.
• Bobby Bonilla on June 6, 1994, against Colorado.
• Dave Magadan on June 12, 1990, against Chicago.
• Cleon Jones on May 11, 1969, against Houston.
"I've just been trying to stay more direct to the ball, and just stay as short as possible to the ball," Nieuwenhuis said about his swing. "That's what I've been working on the last week or so. Other than that, just relaxing at the plate."