The New York Mets dropped their sixth game in a row, losing to the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Sunday afternoon. After three consecutive strong outings, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler had the worst start of his major league career. The young right-hander gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, walking 2 batters in just 3 2/3 innings - his shortest appearance as a major leaguer. Wheeler took the loss, dropping to 2-6 for the season, while Giants veteran Tim Lincecum improved to 5-4. Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson was the star of the game, going 3-4 with two home runs.
Centerfielder Matt den Dekker led off the game with a walk and immediately stole second base. Shortstop Ruben Tejada then struck out swinging, and den Dekker was picked off trying to steal third. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then blooped a single to right. Right fielder Curtis Granderson then blasted a home run to dead center to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The next batter was left fielder Chris Young who flied out to left to retire the side. The Giants failed to score in the bottom of the first, and the Mets were retired in order in the top of the second.
Leading off the bottom of the second, catcher Hector Sanchez singled up the middle. Left fielder Tyler Colvin then blooped a single to left. Shortstop Brandon Crawford singled through the hole between first and second, scoring Sanchez and cutting the Mets lead to 2-1. Colvin advanced to third on the play. Second baseman Brandon Hicks struck out swinging but the pitch was wild. Crawford advanced to second but Hicks was out on the play. Tim Lincecum then struck out swinging. Next centerfielder Gregor Blanco lined a shot down the right field line. Both Colvin and Crawford scored to give the Giants a 3-2 lead on the double but Blanco was thrown out trying to turn his double into a triple, ending the inning. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the third, a pitch from Zack Wheeler plunked right fielder Hunter Pence to lead off. Pablo Sandoval then lined a single to right, moving Pence over to third. First baseman Michael Morse then grounded into a double play, but Pence scored to extend the Giants lead to 4-2. Hector Sanchez then struck out swinging to end the inning. Neither team scored for the next two innings.
Ruben Tejada led off the top of the sixth by flying out to right. Daniel Murphy followed by grounding out to second. Curtis Granderson then launched his second home run of the game, over the wall in right and into the McCovey Cove to bring the Mets to within a run, 4-3 Giants. Chris Young grounded out to second retiring the side. The Giants went in order in the bottom of the sixth and the Mets did not bring home a run in the top of the seventh.
After lefty reliever Dana Eveland pitched two scoreless innings for the Mets, veteran reliever Carlos Torres entered to pitch the bottom of the seventh. Infielder Ehire Adrianza pinch-hit for Juan Gutierez who pitched a scoreless seventh for the Giants. Adrianza reached on an infield single to second and advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Torres. Gregor Blanco singled up the middle scoring Adrianza to widen the Giants lead to 5-3. Hunter Pence hit a ground ball to second. Blanco was forced out at second but the relay throw was not in time and Pence was safe at first. Pablo Sandoval then flied out to right, and Pence advanced to second. Michael Morse flied out to right ending the inning.
Outfielder Andrew Brown pinch-hit for Matt den Dekker and struck out swinging. Ruben Tejada grounded out to short. Daniel Murphy blooped a single to right. Curtis Granderson then doubled to deep center moving Murphy to third. Jean Machi entered the game in relief of Jeremy Affeldt and unleashed a wild pitch. Murphy scored to slice the Giants lead to 5-4, and Granderson advanced to third on the play. Chris Young flied to left to retire the side.
Andrew Brown stayed in the game to play left while Chris Young shifted over to center replacing den Dekker. Both Hector Sanchez and Tyler Colvin struck out swinging for the first two outs of the bottom of the eighth. Carlos Torres was then pulled and lefty reliever Scott Rice entered the game. Rice immediately allowed a double to deep center to Brandon Crawford. Vic Black then replaced Rice and allowed a bloop single to Brandon Hicks. Crawford scored to lengthen the Giants lead to 6-4. Joaquin Arrias then pinch-hit for Machi and struck out swinging. The Mets failed to score in the top of the ninth and the game was over.
After an off day Monday the Mets return home to face off against the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers. Daisuke Matsuzaka toes the rubber for the Mets against veteran Marco Estrada for the Brewers.
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