Mets Go to 3-0, Rays Leave Yankees Winless Through First 3 Games

The New York Mets held on to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 while the Tampa Bay Rays won 3-0 to leave the Yankees winless through their opening three games of the Major League Baseball season.

Jonathon Niese took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Citi Field in New York in his first start after signing a five- year contract extension with the Mets. Niese (1-0) gave up four runs, two earned, on two hits, while walking four and striking out seven batters in six innings.

The Mets led 7-0 through six innings before giving up five runs in the seventh and eighth.

New York scored on sacrifice flies by David Wright and Jason Bay, while Daniel Murphy, Scott Hairston and Ruben Tejada contributed run-scoring doubles for the Mets, who improve to 3-0. Atlanta’s Brian McCann hit the only home run of the game for the final score, leaving the Braves winless after three games.

At Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Rays took the lead in the first inning on a run-scoring triple by Matt Joyce. Carlos Pena hit a solo home run to right field in the third and Jeff Keppinger completed the scoring with another one-run homer to left field in the sixth.

Phil Hughes took the loss for the Yankees, who also used three relief pitchers, after surrendering two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Jeremy Hellickson got the win after giving up three hits in 8 2/3 innings for the Rays, who are unbeaten in three starts this season.

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