K-Rod's pickoff at second ends game, preserves Mets' win

Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese delivers during the

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Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese delivers during the first inning of a against Washington Nationals (July 2, 2010) (Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON - The Mets anticipate Luis Castillo returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break, but the need for him diminishes by the day, and that was never more apparent than Friday night at Nationals Park.

Alex Cora, making his third consecutive start at second base, backed Jonathon Niese with a bases-loaded triple for his first three-RBI game since 2007. But it was Ruben...

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