Niese, Wright lead Mets over Phillies

By Rob Maaddi

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 14 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

New York Mets' Lucas Duda follows through after hitting a two-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vance Worley in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Philadelphia.

Matt Slocum, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Jonathon Niese and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, David Wright homered despite a broken finger and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 on Saturday.

Niese (2-0) allowed five hits and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings. Bobby Parnell got four outs and Jon Rauch pitched the ninth.

Wright was 3 for 5, including a long homer on the first pitch he saw after missing three games with a broken right pinkie. Lucas Duda also connected for the Mets, who are off to a surprising 6-2 start.

The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies are 3-5 and struggling offensively without All-Stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the middle of their lineup. They've scored two runs or less in five of their eight games.

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