Mets Give Away Lead, Win On Error
Mike Pelfrey had his best outing in a long time on Saturday, howeverand while big ‘Pelf’ didn’t get the win, the Mets did, in wild finish at Citi Field, 5-4 over the San Francisco Giants.
New York took a 4-1 lead to the ninth, before Terry Collins pulled closer Frank Francisco after two hits,a walk and a run in four batters. Tim Byrdak struck out Friday’s hero, Hector Sanchez, and if not for a swirling wind at Citi Field, setup man Jon Rauch would have earned the save.
But center fielder Kirk Neiuwenhuis couldn’t make the grab on the shallow pop up, which was scored as a two out, two-RBI, game tying double for Brandon Belt.
The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, when Kirk Neiuwenhuis grounded into a, would-be, inning-ending double play. Giants catcher Buster Posey made the catch at home, but threw wildly down to first, allowing Ruben Tejada to score the game-winning run – helping New York (8-6) snap a three-game losing streak.
Tejada had 3-RBI’s on the day and Daniel Murphy had two hits with a run scored, putting Pelfrey in position to win after eight innings of six-hit, one run ball.
While Rauch was charged with a blow save, he did pick up the win to improve to 2-0.
Ex-Met Angel Pagan and Posey each had a pair of hits for San Francisco (7-7).
Sunday afternoon’s scheduled starters are Dillon Gee (1-1) against Tim Lincecum (0-2).