Niese goes eight strong for Mets

AARON BRACYAssociated Press Published:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Yet another extra-inning game was fine by the New York Mets, provided they won.

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 11th, lifting the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Sunday in the third straight meeting between the teams to run long.

The Mets and Phillies split a pair of 14-inning games the previous two days, combining to play nearly 11 hours.

Duda came off the bench in the bottom of the 10th at first base, then connected in the 11th to help the Mets win for the fifth time in six games.

"We are getting tired, (but) they are great to win," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They lift the spirits up and it does get the energy up, even though you're tired physically. You know you can win these kinds of games."

"I was lucky enough to square a ball up," Duda said. "I was just trying to hit it hard."

Although neither figured into the decision, each team's starter gave the bullpen some rest. Cole Hamels went seven strong innings for the Phillies, allowing one earned run and six hits. He struck out eight and walked four, though three were intentional.

Jonathon Niese tossed eight innings and gave up two runs. His lone mistake came against Howard, who had been 3 for 22 with 10 strikeouts before homering in the fourth for a 2-1 lead.

Knowing the Mets' bullpen was thin, Niese's game plan was to attack the strike zone early and often.

"I was going to pound the zone and they were going to hit me hard early or they were going to get outs early," Niese said. "I wasn't trying to trick guys out there. I wouldn't say it was a burden, but I knew it was important (to go deep in the game) because I knew our bullpen was getting beat up lately."

Niese departed after throwing 91 pitches and said he could have gone two more innings if needed.

Collins appreciated the outing by his starter.

"Tremendous effort by a lot of people starting with Niese," he said. "We needed somebody to go that deep in the game."

MARINERS 4, TIGERS 0

SEATTLE -- Rookie Roenis Elias pitched a three-hitter for the first complete game of his career, leading the Mariners over the Tigers.

BLUE JAYS 4, ROYALS 0

TORONTO -- Mark Buehrle pitched eight sharp innings to become baseball's first 10-game winner, Edwin Encarnacion homered again and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Sunday.

TWINS 7, YANKEES 2

NEW YORK -- Phil Hughes pitched eight poised innings in his return to New York and wound up a winner when the Twins rallied past the Yankees behind big hits from Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier in a six-run ninth.

RED SOX 4, RAYS 0

BOSTON -- Jon Lester pitched seven shutout innings and Brock Holt drove in two runs with one of his four doubles to lift the Red Sox to their seventh straight win, completing a three-game sweep over the reeling Rays.

ORIOLES 9, ASTROS 4

HOUSTON -- Manny Machado hit his first career grand slam, David Lough homered and drove in three runs, and the Orioles beat the Astros.

ATHLETICS 6, ANGELS 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jed Lowrie homered and drove in two runs against Oakland nemesis Jered Weaver and the Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Angels.

WHITE SOX 4, PADRES 1

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale pitched a two-hitter, Paul Konerko homered and the White Sox defeated the Padres.

RANGERS 2, NATIONALS 0

WASHINGTON -- Yu Darvish struck out 12 over eight innings, Leonys Martin broke open a scoreless duel with a homer in the seventh and the Rangers beat the Nationals to avert a three-game sweep.

PIRATES 5, DODGERS 3

LOS ANGELES -- Slumping Andrew McCutchen hit his first home run in over a month, doubled twice and scored two runs to help the Pirates beat the Dodgers and take three of four from the defending NL West champions.

BREWERS 9, CUBS 0

MILWAUKEE -- Kyle Lohse allowed only three hits and Ryan Braun had a two-run homer to lead the Brewers to a rout of the Cubs.

BRAVES 4, MARLINS 2

MIAMI -- Evan Gattis broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run homer, and the Braves completed a three-game sweep by beating the Marlins.

GIANTS 8, CARDINALS 0

ST. LOUIS -- Tim Hudson threw seven shutout innings and Joaquin Arias keyed a four-run first inning with a two-run single to lead the Giants to a win over the Cardinals.

Reds 4, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX -- Chris Heisey hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth inning and the Cincinnati Reds connected four times in all, beating Arizona 4-3 to take three of four from the Diamondbacks.

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