Final Score: Mets 2, Nationals 0Player of the Game: Jonathon Niese -7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 109 p. (72 strikes)Goat of the Game: Andres Torres- 0-for-3, 3 KFinally, something to cheer about! Last night's loss to the Nationals was about as bad as it could get. Johan Santana looked like he was hurt and the offense - while it slightly improved - was unspectacular. Tonight, it was more of the same for the offense, but the Mets received a brilliant performance from Jon Niese.Niese dominated the Nationals, tossing 7.1 innings of shutout baseball, keeping the Mets into the game. In the seventh, the offense finally came through, when Ike Davis smacked a two-run home run to left, giving the Mets a lead against Edwin Jackson. Davis was 2-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average to .219.Then, it was left up to a shaky Mets bullpen to seal the win for the Mets. Jon Rauch finished up the eighth inning for Niese, holding Washington scoreless. Then in the ninth, Frank Francisco closed it out for the save, his 20th of the season.Notes:
  • David Wright was 0-for-3, dropping his batting average below .320. He also struck out twice.
  • Jon Rauch has been fantastic since having a terrible May and June. Since then, he has been the only consistent thing (maybe besides Bobby Parnell) out of the Mets bullpen. Coming into tonight, he hadn't allowed a run in 5.2 innings this month, and had a 1.17 ERA in July.
  • Up until tonight, Francisco had been awful. He had allowed three runs in his previous outing against Cincinnati, and one or more in two of his previous three appearances.
UP NEXT: Series finale against Washington tomorrow afternoon. Jeremy Hefner vs. Gio Gonzalez. First pitch is at 1:35.