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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 103 - Mets at Giants - Hairston Homers Twice in Mets Win

AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)

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N.Y. Mets (50-53) «00020004028120
San Francisco (55-47)00101200217161

W: J. Edgin (1-0) L: S. Casilla (4-5)
S: M. Acosta (1)
HR: NYM - S. Hairston (13),S. Hairston (14)   SF - None

Scott Hairston homered twice, including a leadoff shot in the 10th inning off Santiago Casilla, and the New York Mets won a wild 8-7 contest over San Francisco to send the Giants to their season- high fifth straight loss.

Pinch-Hitter Justin Turner doubled home the go-ahead tally during a four-run eighth inning, but the Giants rallied for two in the ninth for a 6-6 tie thanks to RBI doubles from Buster Posey and Nate Schierholtz.

In the 10th, Hairston struck a 1-1 curveball over the wall in left-center. Jason Bay walked with one out and Mike Baxter, just activated from the 15-day disabled list, had a pinch-hit single up the middle.

Clay Hensley was summoned from the bullpen to replace Casilla (4-5) and Rob Johnson bunted toward the mound. Hensley looked toward second before firing home late, as Bay scored standing up.

Schierholtz singled in Ryan Theriot with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, but Manny Acosta regrouped and secured his first save of the year by retiring Brandon Belt on a fly ball to the warning track in center field.

"Manny Acosta, two years in a row, has been an outstanding pitcher in the second half of the season. We need him now," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Hairston and Bay each scored three times for the Mets, who won back-to-back contests for the first time since ending June with a four-game winning streak.

The Giants left 15 men on base and fell into a virtual first-place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West.

"It was a wild game. A lot of little things happened. We swung the bats, but made some mistakes and it came back to get us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Hairston's two-run blast to left off Sergio Romo in the eighth tied the game and Turner doubled off the base of the wall in left-center later in the frame to plate Jason Bay. Rob Johnson capped the outburst with an RBI single for a 6-4 lead, but Bobby Parnell and Josh Edgin (1-0) couldn't hold the advantage.

Posey's double to the alley in left-center plated Melky Cabrera, and later Schierholtz laced what turned out to be a double to right. Ike Davis, playing in at first base, saw the ball bounce under his glove into the outfield. With the bases full and Marco Scutaro facing a 3-2 pitch, Edgin painted the outside corner to send the game to the 10th.

Scutaro's sacrifice fly in the third gave the Giants the lead, but Ronny Cedeno doubled home two runs in the fourth.

Cabrera's single plated Scutaro in the fifth, and the Giants went ahead 4-2 in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff beat out a potential double play ball to score one run, but he left the game with an apparent leg injury after running hard to first. With runners at the corners, Theriot singled to right to plate pinch-runner Matt Cain.

Game Notes

New York is 3-2 on its season-high 11-game road trip...The Mets came into Monday batting .184 with men in scoring position over their last 13 games, but went 3-for-8 in such situations in the opener of this four-game series...Mets center fielder Andres Torres hurt his thumb while legging out a hit in the fifth inning...Giants center fielder Angel Pagan hurt his right hand punching something after an at-bat...The Giants had a season-high 16 hits...Giants starter Madison Bumgarner had nine strikeouts over six innings, and New York's Jeremy Hefner allowed 10 hits and four runs over the first 5 2/3 frames...Edgin got his first major league win.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS601000001.313
Andres Torres CF302000000.237
  Jordany Valdespin PH-CF211000000.278
David Wright 3B501000002.330
Scott Hairston RF532300201.264
Ike Davis 1B400000004.211
Jason Bay LF331000021.164
Ronny Cedeno 2B301210002.265
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH111110000.279
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH101000000.333
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000
Rob Johnson C301200011.289
Jeremy Hefner P200000000.167
  Daniel Murphy 2B300000000.302
Marco Scutaro 3B412110011.274
Ryan Theriot 2B412100010.271
Melky Cabrera LF612100000.353
Buster Posey C402120011.316
  Eli Whiteside PR-C010000010.125
Angel Pagan CF300000002.275
  Gregor Blanco CF300000001.245
Nate Schierholtz RF503210011.257
Brandon Belt 1B622000002.239
Brandon Crawford SS301000010.235
  Javier Lopez P000000000.000
  Justin Christian PH000000010.176
  Santiago Casilla P000000000.000
  Clay Hensley P000000000.000
Madison Bumgarner P201000001.149
  Aubrey Huff PH100100000.148
  Matt Cain PR010000000.170
  Brad Penny P000000000.000
  Sergio Romo P000000000.000
  Joaquin Arias SS201000000.245

E_R.Theriot. LOB_NY Mets 8, San Francisco 15. 2B_R.Cedeno, J.Turner, M.Scutaro, B.Posey 2, N.Schierholtz. HR_S.Hairston (13) off S.Romo, S.Hairston (14) off S.Casilla. SF_M.Scutaro. S_R.Johnson, R.Theriot. SB_J.Valdespin (5), S.Hairston (6), J.Bay (3). GIDP_R.Tejada, D.Wright. DP_NY Mets 1 (R.Cedeno and I.Davis); San Francisco 2 (M.Scutaro, R.Theriot and B.Belt), (B.Crawford, R.Theriot and B.Belt).

Jeremy Hefner5.2104435092-575.52
Ramon Ramirez0.10001008-24.22
Tim Byrdak1.010002020-134.60
Jon Rauch (H 11)1.00000007-53.58
Bobby Parnell (H 16)0.122200011-73.35
Josh Edgin (W 1-0;B 1)0.220012024-122.70
Manny Acosta (S 1)1.011120024-1210.25
Madison Bumgarner6.0622290108-703.09
Brad Penny (H 2)1.00000009-65.02
Sergio Romo (B 1)0.244401124-182.30
Javier Lopez1.100000012-103.22
Santiago Casilla (L 4-5)0.122211117-93.49
Clay Hensley0.20000107-63.13

R.Ramirez pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

IBB_off J.Hefner (B.Crawford), off M.Bumgarner (R.Johnson).
HBP_by S.Romo (I.Davis).
T_3:56. A_41300.
Umpires_Home,CB Bucknor; First, Bill Miller; Second, Dale Scott; Third, Dan Iassogna.

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