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Manuel defends Niese decision

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said that if Jon Niese had thrown 50 or more pitches and the rain delay were more than one hour, then he wouldn't have returned to pitch on Tuesday night. Instead, Niese had thrown 45 pitches and the delay was 58 minutes so Niese returned.

Niese had thrown three hitless innings before the rain came down and the Mets scored eight runs in the bottom of the third. So from his last pitch of the third to his first pitch of the fourth, he sat down for 92 minutes.

"With no hits, you have to give him ever opportunity to go out and win the game," Manuel said.

Neise came back and was ineffective to the point that Manuel tried to let him pick up the final out of the fifth so he could win the game. Niese couldn't and left without completing the necessary five innings.

"It was one of those days where it wasn't meant to be," said Niese, who threw 84 pitches and gave up six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.

It was one of those days where the Mets made a curious decision with one of thier young pitchers.

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