SAN DIEGO -- Jonathon Niese gave the New York Mets some good news with an encouraging outing Friday night.
The Mets are hoping for more of the same when top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is promoted.
In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Niese struck out a season-high nine in six strong innings to led the Mets to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres.
"It felt good," Niese said. "We'll see how it feels (Saturday). All signs point to a positive."
Niese (5-6) was on the disabled list for nearly two months with a partially torn rotator cuff before coming back last Sunday at Arizona. The left-hander won consecutive starts for the first time this season.
He allowed six hits, walked one and hit one batter Friday. Niese and three relievers combined to strike out 13.
The Mets acquired d'Arnaud in an offseason trade that sent NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto. He broke his foot early in the season while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.
"We're all excited to see Travis," New York manager Terry Collins said. "Like a lot of these guys, there is a huge buildup taking place. Some of the reports are pretty impressive."
Said Niese, who pitched to d'Arnaud in a rehab start: "It was good. He received the ball well. I liked the way he hit better."
Byrd and Davis connected on consecutive pitches from Ian Kennedy in the third inning. Murphy hit a two-run shot an inning later to give the Mets a 5-1 lead.
Davis, who has had a second-half resurgence, hit just his second homer since he was recalled from the minors on July 5.