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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Recap: Game 61 - Mets (2) at Giants (4) - Posey's Two-Run HR Deflates Mets


New York

San Francisco

W: J. Affeldt (1-1) L: C. Torres (2-3) S: S. Romo (19)
HR: NYM - D. Murphy (4)   SF - B. Posey (8)


Buster Posey's two-run homer in the eighth inning helped the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 win over the New York Mets on Friday.

Angel Pagan walked to begin the eighth and Posey crushed the second pitch he saw from Carlos Torres (2-3) into the seats in left-center that gave the Giants the lead.

Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) earned the win in relief of Matt Cain, who carried a no- hitter through five innings.

Cain made his return to the mound after a stint on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring and allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts in the no-decision.

Sergio Romo toed the slab in the ninth and picked up his 19th save of the season after a perfect frame.

Posey went 3-for-4 on the night and Brandon Crawford knocked in the other two runs for San Fran (40-21), which has won eight of its last 10 and became the first team in the major leagues to reach 40 wins.

Mets starter Jon Niese went toe-to-toe with Cain for most of the night, surrendering two runs on five hits with three punchouts before leaving it in the hands of his bullpen.

New York has dropped its last four games as it closes a 10-game road trip with a three-game set in the Bay Area.

San Francisco opened the scoring in the fifth when Brandon Hicks tripled to center with one out and scored on Crawford's sacrifice fly to left.

Ruben Tejada then opened the top of the sixth with an infield single to break up the no-hit bid from Cain, but New York couldn't muster anything from there.

The Mets did, however, break through in the seventh, as Matt den Dekker doubled to lead off the frame and Daniel Murphy chased him home with his fourth homer of the season to give the visitors a lead.

San Francisco answered in the home half of the seventh after a run-scoring hit from Crawford. Hicks walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Crawford ripped a single into center that tied the game at 2-2.

Game Notes

Cain also missed time in late April after cutting his finger on a kitchen knife ... The Giants designated left-hander David Huff for assignment. In 16 relief appearances this season, Huff owns a 1-0 record with a 6.30 ERA ... Tejada had two of New York's four hits ... Hicks collected two hits in the win.

Box Score:

Matt den Dekker CF411010000.182
Daniel Murphy 2B411200101.296
David Wright 3B300000000.281
Curtis Granderson RF200000010.215
Andrew Brown LF300000000.182
  Carlos Torres P000000000.000
Lucas Duda 1B300000001.238
Ruben Tejada SS302000001.239
Travis d`Arnaud C300000000.180
Jon Niese P200000001.053
  Chris Young LF100000000.196
Angel Pagan CF310000011.316
Hunter Pence RF400000000.285
Buster Posey C413200100.272
Pablo Sandoval 3B400000000.247
Michael Morse 1B401000000.285
Juan Perez LF401010001.138
Brandon Hicks 2B322011011.191
Brandon Crawford SS201200000.238
Matt Cain P100000001.235
  Joaquin Arias PH100000000.167
  Jeremy Affeldt P000000000.000
  Sergio Romo P000000000.000

LOB_NY Mets 0, San Francisco 6. 2B_M.den Dekker, J.Perez, B.Hicks. 3B_B.Hicks. HR_D.Murphy (4) off M.Cain, B.Posey (8) off C.Torres. SF_B.Crawford. GIDP_A.Brown, T.d'Arnaud 2, M.Morse. DP_NY Mets 1 (R.Tejada and L.Duda); San Francisco 3 (B.Hicks and M.Morse), (B.Hicks, B.Crawford and M.Morse), (P.Sandoval, B.Hicks and M.Morse).

Jon Niese7.052213094-592.68
Carlos Torres (L 2-3)1.032211121-122.72
Matt Cain7.032213196-573.52
Jeremy Affeldt (W 1-1)1.01000109-71.40
Sergio Romo (S 19)1.000000010-83.24

HBP_by J.Niese (M.Cain). 
T_2:17. A_41437.
Umpires_Home,Rob Drake; First, Joe West; Second, Pat Hoberg; Third, Marty Foster.
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