April 9 (Bloomberg) -- The last time the New York Mets started a season 3-0, they finished second in their division. The last time the New York Yankees started 0-3, they won 114 regular-season games and the World Series.
There’s a lot of baseball left to play.
The Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 yesterday 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. 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 solo homer to left field in the sixth.
Phil Hughes took the loss for the Yankees after allowing 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 games this season.
The 2007 Mets started 4-0 and wound up 88-74, in second place in the National League East division. The 1998 Yankees started 0-3 and finished 114-48, then beat the San Diego Padres in four straight games for the first of three consecutive World Series titles.
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