Mets’ Niese keeps Giants punchless 

click to enlarge Shutout stopper: Buster Posey got the only big hit for the Giants with a sixth-inning solo shot on a night where San Francisco couldn’t solve Mets pitcher Jon Niese. - GETTY IMAGES
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  • Shutout stopper: Buster Posey got the only big hit for the Giants with a sixth-inning solo shot on a night where San Francisco couldn’t solve Mets pitcher Jon Niese.

Jon Niese scattered three hits over seven solid innings and Ruben Tejada collected three hits — including a homer to lead off the game — as the New York Mets benefited from nine walks to top the Giants 2-1 Wednesday at AT&T Park.

David Wright also had three hits and Josh Thole scored on Jordany Valdespin’s fielder’s choice in the second inning for the Mets, who posted only their fifth win in 20 games.

Niese (8-5) was the primary reason why the NL West-leading Giants fell for the sixth time in seven outings. After walking two of his first three batters, the left-hander settled down and handcuffed the Giants. Niese’s lone blemish came in the sixth inning on Buster Posey’s two-out homer.

Two relievers bridged the gap to Bobby Parnell, who retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his fourth save.
After his costly throwing error allowed two runs score in Tuesday’s 4-1 setback, Tejada quickly made amends by depositing the second pitch he saw from Matt Cain (10-4) over the wall in left field.

NOTES: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence received a standing ovation when he came to the plate during the first inning. Pence, who was acquired from Philadelphia on Tuesday, went 0-for-4 in his Giants debut. ... Cain, who threw 30 pitches in the first inning, exited after five. He permitted two runs on seven hits. ... The Mets loaded the bases with less than two outs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but did not score. New York left 13 men on base.

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