rally for fifth win in row, sweep Mets
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[June 09, 2014]
Giants 6, Mets 4: Gregor Blanco had
a season-high three RBIs and host San Francisco withstood two home runs
by New York’s Curtis Granderson to complete a three-game sweep.
Tim Lincecum (5-4) allowed three runs while striking out six over
six frames and four relievers bridged the gap to Sergio Romo, who
recorded the final three outs for his 20th save in 22 opportunities.
Blanco, Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval had two hits apiece for
the Giants, who won their fifth straight and moved a season-high 21
games over .500.
Granderson went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and recorded his 15th career
multi-homer game for the Mets, who have lost a season-high six
straight. The right fielder belted a two-out, two-run blast in the
first before the Giants pulled ahead with three runs in the second
on Crawford’s RBI single and Blanco’s two-run double.
The Giants extended their lead to 4-2 in the third as Hunter Pence
was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and later scored on Michael
Morse’s double play grounder. Mets starter Zack Wheeler (2-6), a
former top prospect in the Giants organization, yielded four runs on
six hits in 3 2/3 innings -- the shortest stint of his young career.
The Mets cut the deficit to 4-3 on Granderson’s two-out solo homer
in the sixth, but the Giants added an insurance run in the seventh
on Blanco’s RBI single and another on Brandon Hicks’ run-scoring
single in the eighth. Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 and scored with two
outs in the eighth on a wild pitch from Jean Machi, who retired
Chris Young with a runner on third to end the inning.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: New York 3B David Wright, who was held out of the
starting lineup for the first time this season, struck out as a
pinch hitter with a runner on first to end the seventh inning. …
Lincecum improved to 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last seven starts
against the Mets. … New York optioned C Travis d’Arnaud to Triple-A
Las Vegas and purchased the contract of C Taylor Teagarden from the
minors. D’Arnaud was demoted after hitting .180 with three hits in
his last 26 at-bats.
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