Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Go Away Quietly

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Go Away Quietly

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NEW YORK - The final third of the season descended upon the Mets on Friday, with meaningful games to be played and manageable wild- card and division deficits.

The same team that bludgeoned the Phillies on Wednesday took the field against the Giants, as management made no moves at the trade deadline to bolster the roster.

But that same team did not enjoy a laugher against the Giants, with San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong dominating while Mets starter Jon Niese had two rough innings in a 5-1 loss at Citi Field. Vogelsong tossed a complete game, allowing two hits.

"In this league you can't make mistakes," Niese said. "Especially when the opposing pitcher is pitching like he did."

Although the Mets trail by more than six games in both the division and wild-card races, their recent success has them hoping they will be able to play important games into September. Recent Mets teams have fizzled around this time of the season.

Facing a San Francisco team that now leads them by seven games for one of the two wild-card spots, the Mets offered feeble resistance against Vogelsong, while Niese dropped his third straight game since the All-Star break.

In the second, an error by Niese (5-7) paved the way for the Giants to take a 2-0 lead. Niese made a bad throw when Juan Perez was caught in a rundown between second and third, allowing him to reach third with no outs. Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence each drove in a run in the inning.

In the seventh, Niese allowed three runs, with the big blow coming on Pence's two-run triple. Niese, who allowed five runs (three earned) and nine hits in eight-plus innings, was ahead of Pence 1-2 when he allowed the triple.

"What I should have done is buried something, thrown something out of the zone. I did him a favor there giving him something up," Niese said. "It's unfortunate because that's a situation where I can't make a mistake and I did. …

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