Niese flirts with no-hitter as Mets sweep Braves

The New York Mets completed the three game sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon, to open the season 3-0 for the first time since 2007:

Jonathon Niese took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon, but after walking Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman drilled a single into rightfield. Prior to the Uggla walk, Niese had retired 15 straight batters before things got away from the 25-year-old starter.  Matt Diaz followed the Freeman single with a fly ball to right field that Lucas Duda lost in the sun, before Jason Heyward ended Niese’s day with a two-run double.

Following the game, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters he was going to pull the left hander — even if his chance of throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history was still alive:

Photo taken by Michael Baron

He would’ve come out of the game. You can’t sacrifice his healthy for one inning. … I don’t think he was gonna get to go the distance, no.”

Niese, however, said he would have to been dragged off the mound:

I would’ve ran back out there [before they could take me out]. It would’ve been hard to take me out, that’s for sure.”

The Mets offense continued to roll on Sunday afternoon, putting up seven runs on 11 hits. David Wright got things started for NY with a sacrifice fly in the first and both Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada — who had a career high four hits — contributed two-run doubles in the fifth and sixth respectively.

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