Mets Beat Braves again; Start Season 3–0

April 8, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Jonathon Niese has the Mets off to their best start (3-0) since 2007 when they went 88-74. NICK LAHAM/GETTY IMAGES

Jonathon Niese had a no-hitter until the top of the seventh inning as the Mets completed their three-game season-opening series sweep of the Braves with a 7–5 win Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Niese, who signed a $25.5 million contract extension with New York just before the season began, got the win after striking out seven batters in his six innings of work.

Newly-signed closer Frank Francisco sealed the game for the Mets with his third save of the season.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada had four hits, including a pair of doubles in the leadoff spot, and scored twice. Second baseman Daniel Murphy, hitting right behind Tejada, also had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.

David Wright singled and walked twice and is now six-for-nine so far on the season.

The Mets will host Washington Monday as Mike Pelfrey will start the game on the mound against Edwin Jackson.