San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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