Niese helps Mets’ split squad beats Cardinals 7-2

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jon Niese struck out six in four innings, and a New York Mets’ split squad defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Thursday.

Niese allowed one run and three hits and walked none in his third and longest outing of spring training.

Daniel Murphy singled and scored on John Mayberry’s single in the first inning, then left between innings with what the Mets said was right hamstring tightness.

David Wright and Lucas Duda also made the trip.

Jaime Garcia struck out seven in four innings but also gave up four hits, including Wilmer Flores’ third-inning homer.

Peter Bourjos broke a 1-for-24 spring training start with a solo homer in the eighth against Jon Velasquez.