Niese wins 50th as Met, dodges injury

August, 16, 2014
8/16/14
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NEW YORK -- Jonathon Niese became the seventh left-hander in franchise history to win 50 career games in a Mets uniform, although the southpaw downplayed the achievement after the Mets' 7-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Niese had departed with the bases loaded and none out in the seventh and the Mets leading by four runs. Vic Black stranded all three baserunners to avoid an unsightly line for Niese.

“I really don’t evaluate myself on wins,” said Niese, who was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks in six-plus innings. “It’s nice. It’s nice to get the 50th win. I owe a lot to Vic tonight for that. I don’t think I’ve seen a reliever get out of as big of a jam as he did tonight.”

With the Mets leading 7-1, Niese allowed a solo homer to Justin Ruggiano to open the seventh, then four straight singles. The final hit was an infield single off the bat of Ryan Sweeney that struck Niese in his left forearm.

“It got the meat,” Niese said, minimizing any issue. “It missed the bone, so everything is good. It’s just a bruise.”

Said Terry Collins: “He’s going to have a black-and-blue mark, but he’ll be OK.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
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