Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE
Jon Niese finished a very good season with a very good start, and Lucas Duda rained on Chipper Jones's parade with a big three-run home run.
In his final start of the season, Jon Niese threw seven great innings against the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves. He struck out three, walked three, and allowed just one run on a Freddie Freeman solo home run.
It looked like the Mets weren't going to score against Tim Hudson through the first six-plus innings, but that changed when Lucas Duda came up to bat with two outs in the seventh. With Daniel Murphy at third and Ike Davis at first, Duda saw eight pitches against before hitting the ninth over the fence to give the Mets the lead in dramatic fashion.
With Niese out of the game after the seventh, Manny Acosta retired the only batter he faced in the eighth before Justin Hampson set down the only two batters he faced. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the win.
We knew it was over when...
Duda hit the home run. Acosta-Hampson-Parnell had the rest of the game locked down, obviously.
- As you may have heard, the Braves threw Chipper Jones's big going away party before the game. Thanks to Lucas Duda for spoiling the night!
- Niese finishes the year with a 3.40 ERA. Bravo, Jonathon.