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Niese strong, but Mets can't touch Oswalt

Jon Niese put some of the concerns about his workload to rest with a three-run, seven-inning outing, but the Mets had nothing to counter a dominant Roy Oswalt in a tough series-closing defeat to the Phillies.

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PhiladelphiaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Victorino, CF3110200.262
Polanco, 3B4110105.303
Utley, 2B3021001.276
Howard, 1B4011024.281
Werth, RF4000034.289
Ibanez, LF4111023.266
Ruiz, C4010000.294
Valdez, W, SS4020010.244
Oswalt, P3000002.135
Totals333933819.257
NY MetsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reyes, SS4010002.286
Pagan, RF4010013.289
Beltran, CF4010011.236
Wright, D, 3B3000031.289
Davis, I, 1B3000000.263
Carter, C, LF3000000.259
Thole, C3000000.297
Hernandez, L, 2B2000010.250
a-Feliciano, J, PH1000000.269
Dessens, P0000000.000
Niese, P1010100.180
Feliciano, P, P0000000.000
Acosta, M, P0000000.000
b-Duda, PH1000000.034
Tejada, R, 2B0000000.188
Totals29040167.248
a-Grounded out for Hernandez, L in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Acosta, M in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Polanco (26, Niese), Valdez, W (11, Niese).
HR: Ibanez (14, 7th inning off Niese, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Howard; Polanco 2; Ruiz; Victorino; Ibanez 4; Utley 2; Valdez, W 3.
RBI: Utley (56), Howard (99), Ibanez (70).
2-out RBI: Howard.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ibanez; Polanco.
SAC: Oswalt.
GIDP: Howard, Polanco.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Oswalt-Valdez, W-Howard).

BATTING
TB: Reyes; Niese; Beltran; Pagan.
GIDP: Pagan.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Pagan (8, 2nd base by Oswalt/Ruiz).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Wright, D-Reyes-Davis, I, Reyes-Hernandez, L-Davis, I).

PhiladelphiaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Oswalt(W, 12-13)9.04001602.94
Totals9.04001603.78
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Niese(L, 9-8)7.08332613.85
Feliciano, P0.10000102.92
Acosta, M0.20000103.19
Dessens1.01001002.09
Totals9.09333813.77
Game Scores: Oswalt , Niese .
IBB: Victorino (by Niese), Victorino (by Dessens).
HBP: Utley (by Feliciano, P).
Pitches-strikes: Oswalt 113-78, Niese 101-66, Feliciano, P 5-3, Acosta, M 8-6, Dessens 11-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Oswalt 14-4, Niese 10-0, Feliciano, P 0-0, Acosta, M 0-0, Dessens 3-0.
Batters faced: Oswalt 30, Niese 29, Feliciano, P 2, Acosta, M 2, Dessens 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Acosta, M 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jim Wolf. 1B: Gary Cederstrom. 2B: Fieldin Culbreth. 3B: Marty Foster.
Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:15.
Att: 31,563.
Venue: Citi Field.
September 12, 2010
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media