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ATL@NYM: Niese strikes out nine over seven frames

It's been a tough month for the Phillies on the road. They are just 2-13 away from Citizens Bank Park since July 20.

However, the team got a much-needed 2-1 win against the Mets on Monday at Citi Field. The Phillies will look for back-to-back road wins on Tuesday.

Right-hander Kyle Kendrick, who's had great success against the Mets this season, gets the nod for Philadelphia. He's 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA in three starts vs. New York.

Kendrick took a no-decision on Thursday against the Rockies, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He came out for the sixth, but was pulled after giving up four straight hits, including a three-run home run to Wilin Rosario.

"Threw well against the Dodgers [on Saturday], and this one I was throwing well, and that one bad pitch can ruin an outing," Kendrick said after the game. "But I feel good. Got a couple base hits there and the home run. ... Got to pitch your way out of it."

Kendrick will be up against Mets left-hander Jon Niese, who has pitched quite well since coming off the disabled list with a partially torn left rotator cuff.

In three starts since returning on Aug. 11, Niese is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA, along with 23 strikeouts in 19 innings. In his last outing against the Braves, the left-hander went seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out five for the no-decision.

"[Niese] carved me up pretty good," Braves third baseman Chris Johnson said after the game. "Every at-bat I went up there, he threw me something different. He was throwing them for strikes, throwing them out of the zone when he needed to. He was nasty. I tip my cap to him. He was the reason I had a tough day."

In his only start against the Phillies this season, Niese went 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits for the loss back on April 28.

Phillies: Brown still day to day
Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said on Monday that outfielder Domonic Brown remains day to day after he experienced soreness in his right Achilles on Saturday.

He left Saturday's game against the D-backs in the third inning, but pinch-hit in Sunday's game and walked. He wasn't in the Phillies lineup Monday, but pinch-hit again, popping out.

Sandberg said Brown did some light jogging before Monday's game against the Mets, but didn't hit because he still felt some soreness.

"But he's heading in the right direction," Sandberg said. "About half better, maybe."

Mets: Harvey has partial tear of UCL in right elbow
The Mets learned on Monday that ace right-hander Matt Harvey has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

He's unlikely to pitch again this year and may need Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery, which could sideline him through next season.

"When I heard the news, I was pretty shocked," Harvey said. "I'm still very optimistic. I'm going to do everything I can so that I don't have to get surgery."

The Mets learned of Harvey's injury after sending him for an MRI exam Monday morning at Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery. Harvey and the Mets will determine over the next few weeks whether the right-hander will undergo surgery or attempt to pitch through the partial tear.

Worth noting
• In the Phillies' last 10 games at Citi Field, they have outscored the Mets, 59-28.

• Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a partially-torn MCL in his right elbow, the right-hander confirmed in a text message. Hefner said last week that he was committed to the procedure, but wanted to receive a second opinion before making his final decision.

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