(Sports Network) - Jeff Francoeur and David Wright each had three hits, including a two-run homer apiece, as the New York Mets handled the Minnesota Twins, 6-0, in the rubber match of three-game interleague series at Citi Field.
Francoeur finished a triple shy of the cycle and Ike Davis cracked a solo shot and scored twice for the Mets, who have won four of their last six. Jesus Feliciano went 3-for-5 with a run scored for New York.
Jon Niese (5-2) earned the win for allowing four hits and three walks in six- plus innings. The left-hander fanned five in his first career start against the Twins.
Orlando Hudson and Nick Punto each had a pair of hits for Minnesota, which has lost of five of its last six and went 3-6 on the nine-game road trip.
Scott Baker (6-7) was roughed up for 11 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings and fell to 1-5 in eight road starts this season. The right-hander fanned six and did not issue a walk.
Each team stranded a pair of runners in the first inning and neither team threatened until the Mets put two up in the fourth. Davis reached with a leadoff single and after the next two batters were retired, Francoeur lined an 0-1 curveball over the left field wall.
Niese worked out of a second and third and one out jam in the top of the fifth and New York added four more in the home half.
Jesus Feliciano hit a ground-rule double with one away before Wright cracked a two-run shot into the left field seats. Davis followed with a solo shot to right-center and Jason Bay tripled to spell Baker's exit. Alex Burnett took over on the hill and surrendered an RBI single to Rod Barajas for a 6-0 Mets advantage.
Later in the inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Ron Mahay came in and retired Jose Reyes to prevent further damage.
Niese allowed a leadoff walk to Danny Valencia in the seventh and was promptly lifted in favor of Elmer Dessens, who gave up two hits, but was able to work out of a bases-loaded and two-out situation.
Pedro Feliciano threw a perfect eighth inning and Bobby Parnell finished off the victory with a scoreless ninth.
Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was given the day off for rest...Despite the loss, Minnesota has won six of the last nine in the series...The Mets finished 13-5 in interleague play this season...Minnesota was shut out for only the fourth time this season...The Mets went 4-2 on their six-game homestand.