Niese outpitched as Mets lose to Giants 2-1

Jonathon Niese pitched another fine ballgame Thursday. The way

the New York Mets are hitting lately, that’s often not enough.

Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in seven innings of four-hit

ball, outdueling Niese to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1

victory.

Niese (7-8) threw seven solid innings for the Mets, who batted

.184 while going 4-7 on their penultimate homestand.

”I established all of my pitches, threw them all for strikes,

got my cutter working on both sides of the plate,” Niese said.

The left-hander is 4-2 with a 3.06 ERA in eight starts since

returning from a rotator cuff injury Aug. 11. He has one scheduled

start remaining, next Wednesday in Cincinnati.

”Very impressive. He had command of all of his pitches and used

them all today, and moved them all around,” Mets manager Terry

Collins said. ”Our focus with him for the next 10 days is to make

sure he feels good to give him a good start towards his preparation

for next year.”

New York begins its final road trip Friday night in

Philadelphia. All-Star third baseman David Wright is expected back

in the lineup after missing seven weeks with a strained right

hamstring.

Juan Perez went 3 for 3 with an RBI single in his hometown, and

the World Series champions won for the eighth time in 11 games.

After taking two of three from the Mets, the Giants won’t even

change hotels – they remain in New York this weekend to play three

interleague games at Yankee Stadium.

Scores of San Francisco fans filled an otherwise empty Citi

Field all series, and the Giants received a loud ovation as they

walked off following the final out.

”It’s nice to have a good fan base like that,” Bumgarner said.

”Especially this far away, it makes it a lot of fun when they care

that much about us.”

With a runner on second, Javier Lopez retired pinch-hitters

Lucas Duda and Anthony Recker for his first save since Sept. 11

last year. Recker struck out to end a crisp game that took 2 hours,

37 minutes.

Giants closer Sergio Romo, who had a blown save the previous

night, was rested after throwing 50 pitches over the past two days.

New York rallied for four runs in the ninth to win 5-4

Wednesday.

Bumgarner (13-9) caught a potentially painful break in the

sixth.

With runners at the corners, Wilmer Flores hit a sharp grounder

that appeared headed up the middle for a tying single. But the ball

smacked off Bumgarner’s left shin and pinballed right to first

baseman Buster Posey for the third out.

”Felt a lot better when we got him out,” Bumgarner said.

He walked back to the dugout with no problem, then retired Eric

Young Jr. with two on to end the seventh after a visit from

pitching coach Dave Righetti.

Jean Machi pitched a perfect eighth.

San Francisco scored twice in the fourth after Hector Sanchez

hit a one-out double. Joaquin Arias blooped a single and Perez, who

went to high school in New York City, delivered an RBI single.

Ehire Adrianza, making his first major league start, beat out a

double-play ball to drive in another run.

Perez also walked during a perfect day at the plate and set a

career high for hits while playing in front of family and

friends.

”It’s a moment that I would say I’ll never forget,” he

said.

Josh Satin had a leadoff double in the fourth for New York’s

first hit. He scored on Daniel Murphy’s single, but Bumgarner

avoided further damage with the help of some fine defense by Arias

at third.

NOTES: Minor league INF Wilfredo Tovar will join the Mets in

Philadelphia to replace Ruben Tejada, who broke his right leg

Wednesday night. Tejada had a doctor’s appointment Thursday, but

Collins said there’s no reason to think the shortstop won’t be 100

percent by spring training. Collins said he hopes to play Tovar on

Sunday against LHP Cliff Lee. … Rookie C Travis d’Arnaud went 0

for 2 with a walk after sitting out Wednesday with a sore right

shoulder. He was hit by a foul ball the night before. … Collins

said if rookie RHP Zack Wheeler goes seven or eight innings Monday

night in Cincinnati, it might be his last start of the season. …

The Mets have seven wins when trailing after eight innings, most in

the majors. … Injured closer Bobby Parnell walked through the

clubhouse after the game to say goodbye to teammates. Parnell

recently had surgery to bone graft a herniated disk in his neck.

”All the discomfort I had from the pinched nerve is gone. All I

feel now is the result of the surgery,” Parnell said.