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Collin Cowgill’s Grand Slam Highlights Mets’ Opening Day Trouncing Of Padres

 	NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Collin Cowgill #4 of the New York Mets is greeted by John Buck #44 after hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres on opening day at Citi Field on April 1, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Six Mets had two hits and Johnathon Niese looked strong in New York’s Opening Day 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday at Citi Field.

New Met Collin Cowgill put a nice big bow on his team’s victory with a seventh inning grand slam to put the game out of reach. The 26-year-old center fielder one one of a half dozen Mets to start the year with a multi-hit game, including Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and newcomers Marlon Byrd and John Buck. Niese got into the action as well with a pair of hits and an RBI.

On the mound, Niese (1-0) tossed 6 and 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked two.

The bullpen combination of Brandon Lyon, Scott Atchison and Scott Rice held San Diego hitless for the remaining 2 and 1/3 innings.

Edinson Volquez (0-1) surrendered six runs on six hits and three walks in his three-innings of work.

The Mets and Padres have Tuesday off. They’ll continue the three game opening season series on Wednesday night.

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