Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/14/14
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NEW YORK -- Before he was inducted into the New York Mets' Hall of Fame on Sunday night, former reliever John Franco compared the current Mets team to his 2000 National League championship team, saying it had something special going on. Then the Mets backed up Franco's claim, nearly shutting out the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals for the third consecutive game before settling for a 6-1 win. This time, Jonathon Niese pitched six scoreless innings while striking out a career-high 10, following Johan Santana's no-hitter and R.A. Dickey's shutout. Niese added a career-high two hits, while Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered and had a career-high three RBI. Andres Torres had three hits for the surprising Mets, who moved a season-high eight games over .500. Jake Westbrook (4-5) allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings for the Cardinals, who dropped their fifth straight game. The Mets moved into a three-way tie for first place with the Miami Marlins ...
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