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Mets cool off Rays

The New York Mets handed Tampa Bay a third straight loss by defeating the Rays 5-3 Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.

The Mets won this game as +105 underdogs, while the eight runs went UNDER the posted over/under (9.5).

Brian Schneider smacked a three-run homer to lead the way for the Mets. Fernando Nieve tossed a three-hitter through six innings for the win, and Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 18th save of the season.

B.J. Upton drove in two runs to lead the Rays. Andy Sonnanstine gave up seven hits and four runs over six innings in the loss.