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New York at San Francisco

Venue: AT&T Park
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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.

``I've never heard of anything like this. It's unbelievable,'' manager Terry Collins said of his team's propensity for extra innings. ``At least we're used to it.''

Buster Posey had a career-high five hits for San Francisco, but Brandon Belt, hitting .136 in his last five games, went 0 for 8 with five strikeouts. Pablo Sandoval is 4 for 47 (.085) in his last 12 contests, and Hunter Pence is 3 for 42 (.071) in his past 11.

``There's frustration,'' Pence said. ``We want to stay as positive as we can right now. We've got to get it done. We've got to keep pushing to find a way to turn it around.''

Barry Zito (4-6, 4.44) will try to give his team a much-needed boost by snapping a three-game losing streak. The left-hander has given up two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts but only pitched four-plus innings in his latest outing, a 3-2 loss in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

"I put (the team) in a tough situation by only going four innings. My pitch count was high. I have to start getting more action in three pitches. I've got too deep in counts," said Zito, who threw 88 pitches.

Zito allowed one run in that game but was tagged for seven in 4 1-3 frames in his most recent start against the Mets on Aug. 2, a 9-1 loss in San Francisco. He was 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in his previous seven matchups.

Pitching at home, though, has proved beneficial this season for Zito, who is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 10 starts there. He's 0-5 with a 9.38 ERA on the road.

Gee is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in his last four road starts after going 1-3 with a 9.97 ERA in his first five this year. The Mets have also won their past three games in San Francisco.

They haven't won four in a row in the series since an eight-game run June 3-May 16, 2009. New York is also seeking its first three-game win streak since claiming a season-best five in a row May 26-30.

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Probable Starters

Dillon Gee, RHP
2013 stats
97.0 Innings Pitched 95.1
6-7 Wins-Losses 4-6
4.45 Earned Run Average 4.44
26 Walks 35
84 Strikeouts 62
90 Pitches Per Start 97
Career vs. opponent
9.1 Innings Pitched 44.2
0-1 Wins-Losses 3-3
6.75 Earned Run Average 4.43

Barry Zito, LHP
Weather
weather image  Morning clouds. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
70°F56°F11mph/W59%2%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
NY Mets4th NL East6272.463143-7 L 2
San Francisco2nd NL West7162.5344 ½ 6-4 W 3
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Barry Zito
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Nieuwenhuis21100.500
Brown31000.333
Wright175063.294
Young277003.259
Byrd82101.250
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Dillon Gee
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Sandoval32110.667
Blanco42000.500
Posey21000.500
Sanchez31100.333
Crawford31001.333
 

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Injuries
NY Mets
PlayerInjury
V. BlackNeck
J. EdginElbow
M. HarveyElbow
J. HefnerForearm
D. MurphyCalf
B. ParnellElbow
San Francisco
PlayerInjury
E. AdrianzaHamstring
J. AriasNeck
B. BeltConcussion
M. CainElbow
B. CrawfordShoulder
H. SanchezHead
M. ScutaroBack
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Aug 5MILMIL 4-3Nelson Machi 
Aug 6MILSF 7-4Vogelsong Gallardo 
Aug 7MILMIL 3-1Peralta Peavy 
Aug 29SF10:15 PM EDT  
Aug 30SF 9:05 PM EDT  
Aug 31SF 4:05 PM EDT