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Jonathon Niese struggles as Mets routed by Pittsburgh Pirates on Banner Day

Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese leaves the field

Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese leaves the field after being taken out in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game at Citi Field. (May 11, 2013) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

For the Mets, there is Matt Harvey, and there is everybody else. And on what should have been a festive occasion Saturday, the Pirates showcased the massive drop-off that takes place when anybody but Harvey takes the mound.

The Mets absorbed an 11-2 loss to the Pirates, who spoiled Banner Day by battering left- hander Jonathon Niese for eight runs, tying the highest total of his career. He...

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