Mets Vs. Braves: Jon Niese Shuts Down Atlanta Through Six, New York Sweeps Series

Jon Niese had a shutout through six innings on Sunday against the Braves in an eventual 7-5 New York win. The Mets swept the three-game series against visiting Atlanta.

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Mets-Braves Preview: New York Tries For Series Sweep Of Atlanta

A day after signing a new, five-year contract extension, Jon Niese will take the mound for the New York Mets who will be searching for a opening-series, three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves (1:10 p.m. on SNY). The Mets are trying for their first 3-0 start since beginning the 2007 season with four straight victories.

Niese, who officially inked a 5-year, $25 million deal on Saturday, will be looking to continue were he left off in last season, which feature him going 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA. The lefty will also need to follow solid performance from Opening Day starter Johan Santana (six-scoreless innings) and R.A. Dickey (six innings and two runs), as they both helped the Mets improve to 2-0.

Meanwhile, third basemen David Wright is off to a solid start to the season, as he's 5-for-8 at the plate with a home run and two RBI.

For the Braves, they will counter Niese with left-handed pitcher Mike Minor, who started 10 games for Atlanta last season. Minor finished the season with a 3.51 ERA.

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Mets Vs. Braves Final Score: New York Downs Atlanta, 4-2, As Lucas Duda Belts Two Home Runs

Right fielder Lucas Duda belted his first and second home runs of the season while catcher Josh Thole collected the game-winning hit in the bottom of the fifth-inning Saturday to help the New York Mets down the Atlanta Braves, 4-2, at Citi Field. The Mets (2-0) will have a chance for a season-opening, series sweep on Sunday, when Jon Niese (NYM) faces Mike Monor at 1:10 p.m.

Starting pitcher R.A. Dickey pitched a solid six innings allowing two runs, five hits while striking out three batters to collect his first win of the 2012 season. Relief pitchers Bobby Parnell, Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco each pitched scoreless inning to cement the victory. Francisco earned his second saves of the season.

Third basemen Davis Wright continued his solid start to the season by going 3-for-5 with a home run, which helped give the Mets a 2-0 lead in bottom of the fourth inning.

The Braves' Martin Prado smashed a two-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the game at 2, but Thole answered in the bottom half with an RBI single that drove in Ike Davis, who reached on a walk with one out.

Atlanta starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens was created with the loss pitching just 4 1/3-inngins allowing three runs on seven hits.

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