Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/16/12
NEW YORK -- Jon Niese had appeared to right himself quickly in the first inning Saturday night, retiring two of the Cincinnati Reds' toughest hitters after allowing a pair of leadoff singles. The New York Mets starter got ahead of Jay Bruce 0-2, then opted for a curveball. Suddenly, Niese was no longer righting himself or getting ahead, as Bruce smacked the hanging curve out to right for a three-run homer to fuel the Reds' second straight win over the Mets, 4-1. It was the second big early homer in as many nights for Bruce, and it provided plenty of support for Homer Bailey (5-4), who pitched eight innings of one-run ball. Aroldis Chapman earned his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth as the Reds won their fifth straight. "I don't regret throwing the pitch. I regret hanging it on the inside part of the plate," said Niese, who allowed just one more run and three more hits in the rest of his seven innings. "Hindsight's 20-20. I probably should have thrown a fastba...
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