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PHILADELPHIA -- David Wright's swing looked just fine, even with the broken finger on his right hand.
Wright was 3 for 5, including a long homer after being out with a broken pinkie. Lucas Duda also connected for the Mets, who are off to a surprising 6-2 start.
"I felt good," Wright said. "I got a little confidence after the first at-bat. I felt real good in the cage earlier today. I wouldn't have gone out there if I didn't think I can contribute."
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"I thought the ball was coming out of my hand well," Niese said. "In this ballpark, you have to focus on keeping the ball down. The all-around feel of my mechanics was good."
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.
"We're eight games in, it doesn't faze me at all," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I hate to use the word 'early' because I come to the ballpark every day and I want to win, but there's no sense in panicking. We're going to score runs, we're going to compete, we're going to hold the fort until our guys get back."
Phillies starter Vance Worley (0-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.
Wright hurt his finger diving back to a base Monday night. He finally felt well enough to return on Saturday, and made an impact right away.
"When a guy like David Wright goes out and plays with a broken finger, the other guys don't hurt as bad," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "His presence in our lineup means a lot."
Worley retired the first two batters before Wright drove one out to almost straightaway center to give the Mets the lead in the first.
"It was supposed to be a fastball away and it ran right back over the plate," Worley said.
The Mets tacked on three runs in the fourth. They loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and singles by Wright and Ike Davis, who was 1 for 24 to that point. One run scored when Jason Bay grounded into a double play. Duda then ripped a two-run shot to right, snapping an 0-for-15 slump with his third homer.
The crowd of 45,750 was the 225th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play. There were blue-shirted Mets fans mixed in, of course. The loudest cheers from home fans came when a New York fan was ejected from the ballpark in the ninth.
|David Wright, who homers in his first at-bat in his return from a pinkie injury, celebrates the win with reliever Jon Rauch. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||5||0||2||1||0||1||0||.333|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||2||1||0||0||3||1||0||.300|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Wright, 3B||5||2||3||1||0||0||3||.588|
|Ike Davis, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.071|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.185|
|Lucas Duda, RF||4||1||2||2||0||2||1||.172|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.294|
|Josh Thole, C||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.350|
|Jonathon Niese, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.167|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mike Baxter, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Ronny Cedeno, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.429|
|a-walked for Parnell in the 9th|
|2B - Lucas Duda (1, Worley)|
|HR - David Wright (2, Worley), Lucas Duda (3, Worley)|
|RBI - Ruben Tejada (3), David Wright (5), Lucas Duda 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Wright (3), Lucas Duda 2 (2)|
|SB - Mike Baxter (1, 2nd base off Stutes/Ruiz)|
|CS - Jason Bay (1, 2nd base by Worley/Schneider)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Tejada-Murphy-Davis, Parnell-Tejada-Davis|
|New York Mets|
|Jonathon Niese (W,2-0)||6.2||5||0||0||1||5||0||2.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 102-68, Bobby Parnell 20-12, Jon Rauch 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 9-5, Bobby Parnell 1-2, Jon Rauch 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 25, Bobby Parnell 4, Jon Rauch 3|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.200|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.290|
|John Mayberry Jr., LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.214|
|Freddy Galvis, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.222|
|Brian Schneider, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|a- Carlos Ruiz, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Vance Worley, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|David Herndon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Juan Pierre, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Michael Stutes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Schneider in the 7th|
|b-singled for Bastardo in the 8th|
|DP - Rollins-Galvis-Wigginton, Worley-Rollins-Wigginton|
|Vance Worley (L,0-1)||6||8||4||4||4||5||2||3.75|
|IBB - Thole by Vance Worley|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 99-57, David Herndon 19-12, Antonio Bastardo 9-6, Michael Stutes 30-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 5-5, David Herndon 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Vance Worley 27, David Herndon 5, Antonio Bastardo 2, Michael Stutes 6|
|Attendance - 45750|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Brian O'Nora|