Article updated: 6/14/2012 4:09 PM

Nieuwenhuis homers twice, Mets beat Rays

New York Mets’ David Wright reacts as he follows the flight of his third inning double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

New York Mets' David Wright reacts as he follows the flight of his third inning double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

 

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By Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a leadoff homer and later connected for a two-run shot as the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Thursday.

Jason Bay also homered and Lucas Duda drove in three runs for the Mets, who were swept in a three-game series by the New York Yankees last weekend.

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Johan Santana (4-3) allowed four runs and six hits over five-plus innings.

Nieuwenhuis began the afternoon with a home run off Jeremy Hellickson (4-3). He homered again during a four-run fourth, helping the Mets take an 8-4 lead. It was his first career multihomer game.

The Mets outscored Tampa Bay 29-9 in the series.

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