Niese and Campbell Fend Off Sweep

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by Ed Tsunoda on May 23, 2014

Jon Niese pitched 7 innings allowing 3 runs, David Wright and Curtis Granderson each had 2 hits, and Eric Campbell saved the day with some fine glove work as the Mets took the series finale from the Dodgers 5-3. Campbell who’s becoming a fan favorite has his manager looking for ways to get him in the game, and he’s delivering on both sides of the ball.

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“As it always goes, put a guy in for his offense and his defense saves the game,” manager Terry Collins said.

Campbell had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and is hitting .368 in his first eight big league games. Collins said he is going to use the versatile 27-year-old, who plays mostly at the corner infield spots, at second base and shortstop, too.

Campbell, who even worked out a bit behind the plate to be the Mets’ emergency catcher with Travis d’Arnaud on the seven-day concussion list, is ready.

“I can handle it,” Campbell said of playing second and short. “Just fielding a ground ball and throwing to first.”

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