New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese didn’t work into trouble very often on Sunday afternoon. But when he did, he certainly got himself out of it.
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Niese escaped a third-inning jam by allowing just one run -- the only run he surrendered in 6 1/3 innings -- and the Mets went on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-5, at Citi Field.
“I’m just glad to get through that inning and our offense kept hitting,” said Niese, who improved to 4-5 after scattering just five hits, walking four and striking out six.
Niese ended up throwing a career-high 122 pitches. His previous best was 117 pitches on July 2, 2010 in Washington against the Nationals.
“My arm feels free in the hot weather and it’s a lot easier to go deeper into games,” Niese said.
Staked to an 8-0 lead after two inning, Niese ran into trouble in the third after shortstop Jose Reyes let a potential double play ground ball go under his legs for an error, but rebounded to retire left fielder Raul Ibanez and right fielder Ben Francisco to get out of a bases-loaded jam.
The 24-year-old said the key to his outing was making adjustments off of watching video and pitching in.
“Josh [Thole] called a great game,” Niese said.
Niese has now pitched at least six or more innings in six of his last eight starts. In his last three starts, spanning 18 1/3 innings, he’s yielded two earned runs (0.98 ERA).