MLB: New York Mets 4, Cincinnati 2

Sept. 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM

CINCINNATI, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Jonathon Niese hurled seven efficient innings Tuesday and the New York Mets dealt a blow to Cincinnati's division title hopes with a 4-2 win over the Reds.

Niese (8-8) allowed two runs on eight hits, issuing one walk and striking out six in a 113-pitch performance.

Scott Atchison tossed a scoreless eighth and Vic Black recorded his first career save as New York rebounded from a 3-2 loss in Monday's three-game series opener.

The Mets scored all four of their runs in the second inning, highlighted by Daniel Murphy's three-run homer.

Reds starter Mike Leake (14-7) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs on eight hits.

Devin Mesoraco collected the only RBI for playoff-bound Cincinnati, which fell three games behind National League Central-leading St. Louis with five games remaining.

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