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Jonathon Niese (49) of the New York Mets (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Jonathon Niese (49) of the New York Mets meets with pitching coach Dan Warthen and his teammates during the first inning. (July 8, 2012)

Mets vs. Cubs

The Mets lost two games of a three games series to the Cubs at Citi Field.

Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs celebrates scoring
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Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs celebrates scoring a first inning run. (July 8, 2012)

Chicago Cubs center fielder Reed Johnson collides into
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Chicago Cubs center fielder Reed Johnson collides into the wall trying to field Scott Hairston's second-inning triple. (July 8, 2012)

Jonathon Niese (49) of the New York Mets
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Jonathon Niese (49) of the New York Mets meets with pitching coach Dan Warthen and his teammates during the first inning. (July 8, 2012)

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Chicago Cubs' Luis Valbuena (24) greets Starlin Castro,
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Chicago Cubs' Luis Valbuena (24) greets Starlin Castro, second from left, at home plate after Castro hit a three-run home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese in the seventh inning. (July 8, 2012)

Chicago Cubs' Luis Valbuena, left, congratulates Starlin Castro
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Chicago Cubs' Luis Valbuena, left, congratulates Starlin Castro as Darwin Barney (15) waits his turn after the Cubs' defeated the New York Mets. (July 8, 2012)

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers in
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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers in the second inning. (July 8, 2012)

New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathan Niese reacts
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathan Niese reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro in the seventh inning. (July 8, 2012)

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, left, forces out
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, left, forces out New York Mets' David Wright after Luca Duda hit into a double play in the sixth inning. (July 8, 2012)

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Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (12) greets Jeff Baker
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Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (12) greets Jeff Baker at the plate after they scored on Geovany Soto's two-run single during the first inning. (July 8, 2012)

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, left, and relief
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Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, left, and relief pitcher Shawn Camp celebrate after defeating the New York Mets. (July 8, 2012)

Dillon Gee pitches against the Chicago Cubs. (July
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Dillon Gee pitches against the Chicago Cubs. (July 7, 2012)

Jordany Valdespin watches the game from the dugout
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Jordany Valdespin watches the game from the dugout waiting for his turn to bat. (July 7, 2012)

Ike Davis watches his third-inning two-run home
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Ike Davis watches his third-inning two-run home run clear the right field wall. (July 7, 2012)

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Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. (July 7, 2012)
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Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. (July 7, 2012)

Jordany Valdespin hits a solo home run in
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Jordany Valdespin hits a solo home run in the 2nd inning. (July 7, 2012)

Dillon Gee gets a new baseball from home
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Dillon Gee gets a new baseball from home plate umpire Paul Nauert. (July 7, 2012)

Jordany Valdespin gets ready to high-five his teammates
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Jordany Valdespin gets ready to high-five his teammates after hitting a solo home run in the 2nd inning. (July 7, 2012)

Jordany Valdespin hits a solo home run in
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Jordany Valdespin hits a solo home run in the 2nd inning. (July 7, 2012)

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Jordany Valdespin sprints down the first base line
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Jordany Valdespin sprints down the first base line to beat the throw for an infield single in the 6th inning. (July 7, 2012)

Daniel Murphy leaps out of the way of
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Daniel Murphy leaps out of the way of a sliding David DeJesus in the 6th inning. (July 7, 2012)

Johan Santana looks on after surrendering a fifth-inning
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Johan Santana looks on after surrendering a fifth-inning home run against Jeff Baker. (July 6, 2012)

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo connects on a
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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo connects on a three-run home run in the fifth inning. (July 6, 2012)

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo celebrates his three-run
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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo celebrates his three-run home run in the fifth inning. (July 6, 2012)

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Chicago's Darwin Barney goes up and over Jordany
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Chicago's Darwin Barney goes up and over Jordany Valdespin after his throw to complete a seventh-inning double play. (July 6, 2012)

Ruben Tejada rounds third base in the third
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Ruben Tejada rounds third base in the third inning to score. (July 6, 2012)

Ruben Tejada celebrates his third-inning run against the
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Ruben Tejada celebrates his third-inning run against the Chicago Cubs with teammate David Wright. (July 6, 2012)

Johan Santana stands on the mound in the
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Johan Santana stands on the mound in the fifth inning. (July 6, 2012)

Johan Santana is taken out of the game
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Johan Santana is taken out of the game by manager Terry Collins in the fifth inning. (July 6, 2012)

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Johan Santana walks to the dugout after the
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Johan Santana walks to the dugout after the second inning. (July 6, 2012)

Johan Santana looks on in the dugout after
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Johan Santana looks on in the dugout after he was taken out of the game. (July 6, 2012)

Johan Santana pitches against the Chicago Cubs. (July
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Johan Santana pitches against the Chicago Cubs. (July 6, 2012)

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