Showing posts with label Mets at Giants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets at Giants. Show all posts

Monday, June 09, 2014

Recap: Game 63 - Mets (4) at Giants (6) - Granderson's 2 HRs Not Enough, Get swept in SF



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W: T. Lincecum (5-4) L: Z. Wheeler (2-6) S: S. Romo (20)
HR: NYM - C. Granderson (7),C. Granderson (8)   SF - None

Recap:


Gregor Blanco doubled, singled and drove in three runs, and the surging San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 6-4 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.

The Giants completed their fourth sweep of the season. They've won 14 of 17 games to build baseball's best record at 42-21, and they own a 9 1/2 game lead over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Even those on the 2012 and 2010 World Series teams can't remember a regular-season roll like this.

San Francisco has done it behind a deeper lineup, which was evident again in its latest victory.

Blanco gave Angel Pagan a day off in center field. Hector Sanchez started at catcher for All-Star Buster Posey. Offseason addition Michael Morse played first base for Brandon Belt, who is on the disabled list with a broken left thumb. And Brandon Hicks started at second base, as he has most of the season for the injured Marco Scutaro.

Morse, Hicks and Brandon Crawford each drove in a run for the Giants, who chased Zack Wheeler in the fourth. Wheeler (2-6) gave up four runs and six hits.

Granderson's two long balls provided the biggest highlights for the Mets, who have lost a season-high six straight. Lincecum (5-4) allowed six hits, struck out six and walked one in six innings.

Four relievers held the Mets to one run in two innings before Sergio Romo recorded his 20th save in 22 chances.

The Giants overcame deficits against the mistake-prone Mets in all three games.

Following the pattern that played out all weekend, Granderson drove a 3-0 pitch over the wall in center to give New York a 2-0 lead in the first. He hit his eighth homer of the season in the sixth and doubled in the eighth.

The Mets might have scored more if Matt den Dekker had not been caught stealing third in the first.

Blanco's two-run double capped a three-run second for the Giants. Morse drove in another run to give San Francisco a 4-2 lead when he grounded into a double play in the third.

Lincecum singled in the fourth for his first hit of the year. That also ended the afternoon for Wheeler, who gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Curtis Granderson started to bring the Mets back with a solo shot over the wall in right and into McCovey Cove in the sixth. It was his 15th multihomer game and first since Oct. 3, 2012, while playing with the Yankees against Boston.

After Blanco's RBI single in the seventh, Granderson doubled in the eighth, putting Daniel Murphy in position to score from third on Jean Machi's wild pitch. Machi got Chris Young to fly out with Granderson on third to keep the Giants ahead.

Brandon Hicks singled home another run for San Francisco in the eighth.

Notes

Mets 3B David Wright was out of the starting lineup for the first time all season. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. ... San Francisco opens a four-game home series against Washington on Monday, sending Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 3.39 ERA) to the mound opposite Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg (5-4, 3.10). ... The Mets have Monday off before beginning a three-game series against Milwaukee on Tuesday in New York.

Box Score:

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 63


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 63

1. Matt den Dekker (L) CF
2. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Chris Young (R) LF
6. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
7. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
8. Anthony Recker (R) C
9. Zack Wheeler (L) P

Preview: Game 63 - Mets at Giants - Wheeler (2-5) vs Lincecum (4-4)


Preview: Game 63
New York Mets (28-34) at San Francisco Giants (41-21)

Pitching Probables:
Zack Wheeler (2-5) 3.89 ERA vs Tim Lincecum (4-4) 5.01 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 4:05 PM

Preview:

After rallying to win the first two games of this series, the Giants may be looking to make things easier on themselves in order to complete a sweep of the struggling New York Mets on Sunday.

San Francisco (41-21) owns the best home record in baseball at 21-9 behind a 2.72 ERA from the pitching staff. The pitchers have continued to deliver during an 8-1 run, compiling a 2.11 ERA, and the rotation has posted a 1.94 mark.

Despite the recent dominance on the mound, it's the bats that have come through against New York (28-34).

Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to complete the Giants' rally in Friday's 4-2 victory. They pushed across two in the ninth Saturday, with Michael Morse connecting for a walkoff single in a 5-4 win.

The offense hasn't needed to do much when Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01 ERA) takes the mound against the Mets, but he's also looking to bounce back from one of the worst performances of his career.

The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.32 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 41 innings over his last six starts against New York. Four of those outings came at home, where he's gone 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA.

Lincecum has been much better at home than on the road this season, going 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA in seven starts as host compared to a 6.84 ERA with the same record away from AT&T Park.

Those road woes continued Tuesday, when he was hammered for a career high-tying eight runs and six hits, while issuing three walks in 4 1/3 innings of an 8-3 loss at Cincinnati.

The Mets are the brink of a six-game losing streak for the first time since May 10-15, 2013.

The relievers have been a major problem, surrendering 10 runs in 12 1/3 innings over the past five games, and Jenrry Mejia's efforts aren't helping.

The right-hander has giving up six runs in 2 1/3 innings over his last four appearances. He blew his first save of the season by allowing two runs in the ninth Saturday, putting the leadoff hitter on base with a wild pitch after striking him out.

Zack Wheeler (2-5, 3.89) was let down by the bullpen Tuesday, when he struck out seven batters in 6 2/3 scoreless innings only for the relievers to allow both runs in a 2-1 defeat to the Chicago Cubs.

The right-hander is certainly doing his part with a 1.37 ERA over his last three starts, but he has just a 1-1 record to show for it since he's been backed by three total runs in the two outings he didn't win.

Wheeler got plenty of help in his only start at San Francisco on July 10, yielding one run and three hits in seven innings of a 7-2 victory.

David Wright is mired in a 1-for-18 slump during the losing streak, and he's 3 for 23 with 13 strikeouts versus Lincecum.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Recap: Game 62 - Mets (4) at Giants (5) - Mets Lose it in 9th


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W: J. Affeldt (2-1) L: J. Mejia (4-3)
HR: NYM - None   SF - None

Recap:

Michael Morse stroked a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the San Francisco Giants to a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets in the middle contest of a three-game set Saturday at AT&T Park.

New York closer Jenrry Mejia took the mound in the ninth with his team leading 4-3 and got Angel Pagan to swing at strike three in the dirt. However, the ball skipped away from catcher Anthony Recker, allowing Pagan to reach first safely.

Hunter Pence followed with a double into the left-field corner to score Pagan from first before moving to third on Buster Posey's fly out to left.

Mejia (4-3) then intentionally walked Pablo Sandoval to get to Morse, who scorched the first pitch he saw into right-center field to send San Francisco to its fourth straight victory.

Pagan and Pence each had three hits, while Jeremy Affeldt (2-1) picked up the victory after spinning a hitless top of the ninth.

Recker finished with two hits and drove in two runs for the Mets, who have dropped five straight games.

Recker ripped an RBI single in the second to open the scoring before the Mets tacked on two more runs in the third.

David Wright and Chris Young started the inning with singles around a Curtis Granderson flyout before Lucas Duda laced a single to right to score Wright.

After Ruben Tejada walked to load the bases, Recker clubbed a base hit off the wall in right. Young scored on the play, but a base-running mistake found Tejada caught between second and third, where he was retired.

Posey plated San Francisco's first run with a double-play groundout in the fifth, but Matt den Dekker opened the sixth with a walk, moved to third on Daniel Murphy's single, and scored on George Kontos' wild pitch to make it a 4-1 game.

San Francisco sliced the margin to one in the home half after Brandon Crawford smacked a two-out single, Brandon Hicks reached on Wright's throwing error and pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez worked a walk.

Pagan then laced a single to left to score Crawford and Hicks, bringing the Giants within 4-3.

Game Notes

San Francisco starter Tim Hudson allowed three runs on nine hits over five frames, while Bartolo Colon surrendered three runs -- one earned -- on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in the start for New York ... The Mets went 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base ... The Giants finished 3-for-12 with RISP and stranded 11 baserunners ... The Giants are 6-0 this season when Hudson starts at home.

Box Score:

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Preview: Game 62 - Mets at Giants - Colon (5-5) vs Hudson (6-2)


Preview: Game 62
New York Mets (28-33) at San Francisco Giants (40-21)

Probable Pitchers:
Bartolo Colon (5-5) 4.52 ERA vs Tim Hudson (6-2) 1.75 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch  - 10:05 PM

Preview:

Tim Hudson attempts to extend his scoreless streak and help the Giants to their eighth win in nine home games Saturday night against the Mets.

Hudson (6-2, 1.75 ERA) has 17 career wins against New York -- his highest total against any opponent -- but the most recent one proved costly.

The right-hander allowed two runs and four hits with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of an 8-2 win July 24 pitching for Atlanta, but he suffered a fractured right ankle when Eric Young stepped on it during a play at first.

While the 38-year-old Hudson's career was potentially in jeopardy, he signed a two-year, free-agent contract with the Giants and has helped turned their staff into one of the best in baseball.

San Francisco (40-21) ranks third in the majors with a 3.04 ERA after compiling a 4.00 mark while finishing with a losing record last year.

Hudson owns the lowest ERA in the majors, and his 0.87 WHIP is second behind Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (0.79).

Hudson has been dominant while winning his last two starts, throwing 14 scoreless innings. He yielded three hits in seven innings of an 8-0 win at St. Louis, the reigning NL champion.

He'll try to do that to the Mets (28-33) again after the Giants opened this three-game series with a 4-2 victory Friday.

New York is batting .217 with an average of 2.8 runs during a four-game slide and totaled four hits against the Giants.

The offense may not need to do much in supporting Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52).

The 41-year-old right-hander has won three straight starts behind a 1.61 ERA, a tremendous improvement after posting a 5.84 ERA through his first eight.

Colon's turnaround continued Monday, when he allowed two runs in seven innings of an 11-2 win at Philadelphia.

Colon is facing the Giants for the first time since allowing two runs with seven strikeouts in five innings of a 6-2 road win with Oakland on May 20, 2012.

He'll have to contend with Buster Posey, who is 9 for 22 (.409) with four RBIs in five games after going 3 for 32 over the previous nine. The All-Star catcher had three hits Friday, including a two-run homer -- the first time he went deep since May 3 -- that put San Francisco ahead for good in the eighth inning.

Posey has a .452 average in 11 career home meetings with the Mets.

New York is still without Eric Young Jr., who is on the DL with a strained right hamstring.

Mets Hot vs Hudson - Bobby Abreu .333 (4 for 12), Lucas Duda .346 (9 for 26) HR, Ruben Tejada .381 (8 for 21)

Mets Not vs Hudson - Curtis Granderson .167 (1 for 6) HR, Daniel Murphy .227 (5 for 22), David Wright .234 (18 for 77) 3 HR's


Batter/Pitcher Splits:

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


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

Recap:

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:

Friday, June 06, 2014

Preview: Game 61 - Mets at Giants - Niese (3-3) vs Cain (1-3)


Preview: Game 61
New York Mets (28-32) at San Francisco Giants (39-21)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-3) 2.69 ERA vs Matt Cain (1-3) 3.66 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 10:15 PM

Preview:

The San Francisco Giants already own the best record in baseball, and one of the major's best pitching staffs. Now, they're getting Matt Cain back.

Cain returns from his second stint on the disabled list Friday night, when the Giants attempt to avoid their longest home losing streak to the New York Mets.

San Francisco (39-21) is on the verge of becoming the first team to reach 40 wins, and much of that success can be traced to a 3.05 ERA that ranks third in baseball.

The rotation has been particularly impressive with a 2.46 ERA over the last 15 games, a stretch that started with Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) suffering a strained right hamstring in a 5-1 win at Colorado on May 21. He tossed three no-hit innings before exiting.

Cain, a three-time All-Star, was on the DL last month with a lacerated right index finger.

He seemed ready to return from his latest injury last Friday, but manager Bruce Bochy opted to play it safe and instead put him on the DL on May 31 retroactive to May 22.

Cain will now face the Mets at home for the first time since getting a career-low two outs while allowing three runs in a 7-2 defeat at home July 10.

That defeat was also the Giants' fifth straight to the Mets at AT&T Park. They've never endured a longer slide at home to New York, and their chances of that happening seem unlikely since they're 19-9 there this season while winning six of their last seven.

San Francisco opens this 10-game homestand after capping a 5-2 trip with Thursday's 6-1 defeat of Cincinnati.

Brandon Crawford had a three-run homer Thursday after going 4 for 31 over the previous 10 games. He's 9 for 21 in his past five versus New York (28-32).

The Mets are looking to show some improvement at the plate after going 4 for 30 with runners in scoring position while being swept in a three-game series by the Chicago Cubs. They were 2 for 13 in Thursday's 7-4 loss in the series finale.

Turning to Jon Niese (3-3, 2.69) could at least help on the mound. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 3.05 ERA over his last three games -- all New York wins -- and his latest may have been his most efficient performance of the season.

Niese yielded two runs and scattered eight hits while throwing only 91 pitches in eight innings of a 4-3 win in 11 at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Niese may heed his own words against the Giants since he owns a 2.33 ERA in four starts, but is just 1-2 since he's been backed by five total runs.

He didn't need much help in his last visit to San Francisco on Aug. 1, 2012, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 2-1 victory.

Hunter Pence is 3 for 26 with seven strikeouts against Niese.

On the flip side, David Wright owns Matt Cain, he is batting .440 (11 for 25) with 6 Doubles... Ruben Tejada is batting .364 (4 for 11) vs Cain.

The Mets have to hit to be successful and facing one of the best pitching staffs in the NL is going to be a challenge for them... LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 88 - Mets (7) at Giants (2) - Mets Flash Bats, Wheeler Flashes his arm, Mets sweep series


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W: Z. Wheeler (3-1) L: M. Cain (5-6)
HR: NYM - M. Byrd (15)   SF - None

Recap:

Zack Wheeler hasn't had much success since his first career start, but found a whole lot of it on Wednesday against the team that drafted him.

Wheeler turned in one of his best performances as a major leaguer and the New York Mets finished off a three-game sweep of the struggling defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants with a 7-1 victory at AT&T Park.

John Buck, Marlon Byrd and Daniel Murphy each knocked in a pair to highlight a second offensive surge for New York in as many days, and sent Giants ace Matt Cain (5-6) to the showers before the first inning was over.

Wheeler (3-1) was the Giants' sixth pick overall in the 2009 draft and blanked his former club for six frames. When it was all said and done, the young rookie scattered one run on three hits to complete a seven-inning stint.

"It felt good, I was really looking forward to it," said Wheeler about facing the Giants. "I told the guys earlier I really wanted to do well."

The Giants traded Wheeler to acquire outfielder Carlos Beltran in 2011, who they would lose to the St. Louis Cardinals via free agency in the following offseason.

San Francisco has plummeted to 40-50 on the campaign, losers of four straight and a remarkable 14 of their last 16 games.

"That will to win, believe me -- its there," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Sometimes this happens when you get in a rut like this, you kind of stand back and wait for somebody else to do something. We've got to take the bull by the horns and get this thing going."

Byrd hit a grand slam in Tuesday's 10-6 victory and provided a two-run homer on Wednesday. Buck and Murphy each added two hits apiece, while Wheeler contributed an RBI double in New York's fifth win in six games.

An erratic Cain walked three, gave up three runs and only got two outs before he was lifted in the first inning. It was the shortest outing of his career.

Eric Young Jr. drew the first walk, swiped second and went to third on a throwing error from Buster Posey before scoring easily on Murphy's single.

Cain's command was noticeably off and soon loaded the bases after walking Ike Davis and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Bochy then lifted him after Buck dumped a slider into shallow center for a two-run single and a 3-0 Mets' lead.

Byrd provided New York with a five-run cushion in the fifth by sending a shot just over the center field wall.

Wheeler had given up 10 earned runs over his last three outings, but was cruising through the first five innings on Wednesday, limiting the Giants' offense to just a Pablo Sandoval single and a pair of walks.

He also helped offensively, contributing one of three doubles in the sixth for New York. He sent a shot over the head of Gregor Blanco in center to plate a run and Murphy followed two batters later with a two-bagger for a 7-0 lead.

The Giants got a run off Wheeler in the seventh on a Brandon Crawford single and scored another on a Tony Abreu sac fly in the ninth, but were up against too great of a margin. San Francisco had just six hits on the afternoon.

Game Notes

New York's David Wright went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games ... The Mets have won 15 of their last 23 contests ... It was New York's first three-game sweep of the season and first in San Francisco since 1994 ... The Giants were just 5-for-27 with runners in scoring position for the series.

Box Score:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 88


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 88:


  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Marlon Byrd, rf
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Zack Wheeler, rhp

Preview: Game 88 - Mets at Giants - Wheeler vs Cain


New York Mets (39-48) at San Francisco Giants (40-49) 3:45 PM ET
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Z. Wheeler (R) 4 2-1 4.295.02-02.767/5@MILW5.0711-115.06.00
M. Cain (R) 18 5-5 4.856.13-35.507/5LADL2.1680-216.16.61

Preview:

Zack Wheeler will finally get a chance to flash his stuff in front of a crowd at AT&T Park. However, the highly-regarded prospect will be doing so in a New York Mets uniform looking to pitch his club to its first three-game road sweep of the San Francisco Giants in 19 years.

Wheeler takes the hill for the Mets on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of this series against the franchise that made him a first-round draft pick in 2009. He impressed the Giants enough as a hard-throwing high school prospect out of Georgia that they took him sixth overall and built up enough of a reputation in the minors that he landed the Giants established star outfielder Carlos Beltran in a trade with the Mets on July 28, 2011.

The Giants knew they were hurting their future a bit by trading Wheeler and it stung even more when Beltran signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals following the season.

"It's going to be pretty cool to pitch against the organization I was drafted by. It'll be fun," Wheeler told MLB.com.

"I definitely want to go out there and do well for myself and maybe show them what they could have had, I guess," Wheeler said. "That would be fun."

After rising through the minors and getting named the sixth-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com prior to this season, the 23-year-old is 2-1 with a 4.29 earned run average through his first four career starts, giving up four homers and walking 13 to 16 strikeouts in 21 innings. Wheeler is coming off a win over Milwaukee last Friday, when he allowed three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and three walks over five innings.

"I'm definitely happy about my outing," the right-hander said. "Even though there were some low points -- falling behind, throwing 20 pitches an inning and only going five -- I battled out there as best as I could, and got a good result."

Matt Cain did not have good results last time out for the Giants and will be looking to bounce back yet again on Thursday.

Cain is 5-5 with a 4.85 ERA in 18 starts this season, but seemed to be turning a corner with a five-start stretch from June 7-29 in which he went 1-1 but with a 1.82 ERA.

Happy Recap: Game 87 - Mets (10) at Giants (6) - Byrd Slams Giants


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W: S. Rice (4-5) L: J. Mijares (0-2)
HR: NYM - A. Recker (5),M. Byrd (14)   SF - None

Recap:

Marlon Byrd's grand slam in the eighth inning broke open a tight game and helped give the New York Mets a 10-6 win over the struggling San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Anthony Recker added a two-run homer, Andrew Brown knocked in a pair and Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Mets, who have won the first two meetings of this three-game set after outlasting the Giants in a 16-inning marathon on Monday.

Scott Rice (4-5) stranded a pair in the seventh to earn the win behind Dillon Gee, who struggled through 6 2/3 innings having allowed five runs on nine hits and five walks.

"(Gee) got us deep into the game, which we needed to have," Mets manager Terry Collins said after using six relievers in Monday's game. "It saved the rest of our guys in the bullpen."

His counterpart, Barry Zito, was also lit up for five runs on seven hits and four free passes in his six-inning start. The left-hander is winless in his last seven outings for the defending World Series champions.

Pablo Sandoval had two RBI for San Francisco, which has dropped seven of its last eight to fall a season-high nine games under .500.

"Our issue has been scoring runs. Tonight we had some good at-bats and put some runs on the board, but the pitching wasn't there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Jose Mijares (0-2) put on the go-ahead run in the eighth and Jeremy Affeldt gave up Daniel Murphy's sacrifice fly. In a 5-5 game, Mijares was pulled with one on and one out, and a single and a walk loaded the bases for Murphy, whose fly ball to left field was deep enough to plate Quintanilla.

After David Wright worked a walk to load the bases again, Byrd took the first pitch he saw from Jake Dunning, a hanging breaking ball, and redirected it into the left-field seats for his seventh career grand slam.

Carlos Torres gave up Nick Noonan's pinch-hit, RBI single in the ninth before closing out the victory.

Brown was robbed of a potential home run by a Tuesday call-up in the second inning. Kensuke Tanaka, who played primarily at second base in the minors but saw time in the outfield at Triple-A Fresno, looked like a seasoned veteran when he tracked down Brown's drive to left field and perfectly timed his jump at the wall to snare it just before it found the seats.

The Mets were not as sure-handed in the bottom half. Brandon Belt attempted a steal of second base with runners on the corners and one out, and Recker's throw skipped into center field. Hunter Pence scored on the error and Belt slid in safely when Murphy threw high to home on Guillermo Quiroz's bouncer to second.

Zito got himself in trouble in the fourth by issuing a pair of walks around a Byrd single. Brown followed with a two-run double to left and Quintanilla drove in another with a two-out base hit to center to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.

Gregor Blanco and Tanaka both singled to open the fifth, with the 32-year-old Tanaka receiving a standing ovation for his first big-league hit. Scutaro bunted both runners up 90 feet, and Sandoval made it 3-3 with a run-scoring groundout.

Recker crushed a two-run homer in the sixth, and the Giants pushed a run across in their next two at-bats to even things again. Belt scored on Tony Abreu's pinch-hit infield single in the sixth, and Sandoval plated Tanaka with a sac fly in the seventh.

Game Notes

Wright had two of New York's 12 hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games ... The Giants were 8-2 in Zito's 10 home starts coming in ... The Mets are 5-1-2 in their last eight series and 7-1-2 in their last 10 road sets ... In addition to purchasing Tanaka's contract on Tuesday, the Giants also agreed to a minor league contract with recently released outfielder Jeff Francoeur, placed catcher Hector Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, recalled pitcher Mike Kickham from Triple-A Fresno and designated outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment.

Box Score:

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Preview: Game 87 - Mets at Giants - Gee vs Zito


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Preview:

While he's pitched well lately, Dillon Gee's only start against the San Francisco Giants was hardly one to remember.

The New York Mets right-hander will seek a better performance Tuesday night while trying to add to the Giants' recent woes.

Gee (6-7, 4.45 ERA) is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last seven starts and has totaled 47 strikeouts and nine walks in 47 1-3 innings. He fanned seven and gave up two runs over seven innings Thursday against Arizona, but the Mets lost 5-4 in 15 innings.

Gee wasn't nearly as effective against San Francisco on April 23, 2012, allowing seven runs and a career-high 12 hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-2 home loss. The Giants (40-48), though, don't appear poised to duplicate that effort.

They enter this game having batted .197 during a 2-12 stretch and fell 4-3 in 16 innings in Monday's series opener.

The Mets (38-48) ended their third game of 13 or more innings this month - and fifth this season - after Brandon Crawford's two-out error scored Eric Young.

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