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San Francisco (64-54) «00111303110182
N.Y. Mets (55-63)001000000180

Rowand, Martinez help Giants cruise past short-handed Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Aaron Rowand and the San Francisco Giants looked a lot more comfortable on the road after a timely pep talk from their manager.

Rowand homered and had four hits, Joe Martinez won close to home and San Francisco routed a makeshift New York Mets team 10-1 on Monday night to split their four-game series.

Before batting practice, manager Bruce Bochy talked to his team in the clubhouse about finding ways to play better on the road, an issue he referred to as "the elephant in the room."

Then the Giants (64-54) went out and did just that, improving to 25-34 outside San Francisco.

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"His message was to let it all hang out," Rowand said. "It was a great message and a great time for that message. We're going to play to win, not play not to lose."

Pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz chased Livan Hernandez (7-8) with a two-run double in a three-run sixth inning that broke it open. Randy Winn added three of the Giants' 18 hits, their most since compiling 18 at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 30, 2007.

It was a rare offensive outburst. San Francisco, which began the day ranked next-to-last in the majors in runs, moved within one game of idle Colorado for the NL wild-card lead.

"One thing we know, for us to have success we've got to pick it up on the road," Bochy said. "We've talked about this so many times. Keep it simple. Let's have some fun."

Rowand had a blast. A Gold Glove center fielder, he threw out a runner at the plate in the first inning and snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a single in the second.

"I found a hitch in my swing," Rowand said. "In the last week and a half I watched a lot of video to figure out what was going on. I was fouling off a lot of fastballs I should have been hitting."

Gary Sheffield had an RBI single for the Mets, still missing a slew of stars.

Third baseman David Wright, on the disabled list with a concussion, returned to Citi Field on Monday and said he felt better -- two days after he was hit flush on the helmet by a 94 mph fastball from Giants pitcher Matt Cain.

Martinez, from nearby South Orange, N.J., also had a frightening injury this year. He was hit by a line drive during his second big league appearance April 9, leaving the right-hander with a concussion and three small fractures on the right side of his head.

After a long rehab assignment, Martinez (3-1) returned to the majors Aug. 5 and moved into San Francisco's rotation. He's won twice in three starts, boosting the Giants' playoff push.

Pitching with his parents and other family members in the stands Monday night, Martinez yielded one run and five hits in five innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter.

Afterward, he was asked how many supporters he had at Citi Field.

"More than 10, but less than 100. I honestly had no clue," Martinez said. "We had a lot of people who I didn't know."

Pablo Sandoval got the Giants started with an RBI double in the third. Rowand sent a solo shot just over the left-field wall in the fourth, and Eugenio Velez tripled to open the fifth before scoring on Freddy Sanchez's sacrifice fly.

Velez added a run-scoring groundout in the sixth, making it 6-1.

The Mets announced more bad news late in the game. Alex Cora, who had been filling in for injured Jose Reyes at shortstop, will have separate operations to repair both ailing thumbs. Cora is expected to miss the rest of the season.

"We just really never got going. Never got in the game. Just one of those nights," Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur said. "After a couple day games like that I think, just looking around, we all looked tired. Just kind of beat. I think all this stuff with David and Cora and stuff like that just kind of wears you down a little bit."

Hernandez, who pitched for the Giants from 1999-02, gave up six runs and 11 hits, which matched a season high. He has been roughed up in each of his past three starts, losing all three.

"I [felt] really good today. Better than the last two times," Hernandez said. "I got one bad inning."

Notes

  • Sandoval made two throwing errors at third base.
  • After capping a tough at-bat with a tying double Sunday, Winn got his second consecutive start in RF for the Giants. He went 3 for 5 with a double and scored twice.
  • Injured Mets CF Carlos Beltran (right knee) felt good after running in a straight line, manager Jerry Manuel said.
 
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Aaron Rowand (left) receives some well-earned props after collecting four hits, including a homer.  (AP)
Aaron Rowand (left) receives some well-earned props after collecting four hits, including a homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

A. Rowand
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

R. Winn
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF5121000 .306
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4121001 .297
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5011022 .329
Bengie Molina, C5010001 .264
    Eli Whiteside, PR-C0000000 .224
Ryan Garko, 1B4110001 .271
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B1100001 .261
Randy Winn, RF5230000 .266
Aaron Rowand, CF5242002 .273
Edgar Renteria, SS4221102 .259
Joe Martinez, P2000012 .000
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1012000 .296
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   b- Fred Lewis, PH1011000 .269
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
Totals421018913  
a-doubled for Martinez in the 6th
b-singled for Howry in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (34, Hernandez), Randy Winn (28, Hernandez), Nate Schierholtz (13, Hernandez)
3B - Eugenio Velez (1, Hernandez)
HR - Aaron Rowand (10, Hernandez)
SF - Freddy Sanchez (4)
RBI - Eugenio Velez (14), Freddy Sanchez (39), Pablo Sandoval (70), Aaron Rowand 2 (48), Edgar Renteria (40), Nate Schierholtz 2 (22), Fred Lewis (16)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (18)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Aaron Rowand 2
DP - Rowand-F. Sanchez-Garko, Sandoval-Garko, F. Sanchez-Renteria-Ishikawa
E - Pablo Sandoval 2 (12, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Joe Martinez (W,3-1) 5511220 4.76
Brandon Medders 1.1200110 3.59
Bob Howry 0.2000010 3.57
Justin Miller 1100000 1.83
Merkin Valdez 1000100 4.10
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Martinez 67-41, Brandon Medders 22-13, Bob Howry 8-5, Justin Miller 10-6, Merkin Valdez 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Martinez 8-5, Justin Miller 2-1, Merkin Valdez 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Martinez 22, Brandon Medders 6, Bob Howry 2, Justin Miller 4, Merkin Valdez 3
New York Mets
Cory Sullivan, CF4120103 .279
Luis Castillo, 2B3000103 .302
Gary Sheffield, LF3011112 .283
Daniel Murphy, 1B4020005 .252
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010015 .263
Fernando Tatis, 3B4000011 .244
Brian Schneider, C4000011 .186
Anderson Hernandez, SS4010000 .254
Livan Hernandez, P1000000 .125
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeremy Reed, PH1010000 .260
    Tim Redding, P0000000 .071
    Nelson Figueroa, P0000000 .333
   b- Andy Green, PH0000100 .000
Totals3218144  
a-singled for Dessens in the 7th
b-walked for Figueroa in the 9th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (20, Miller)
SH - Livan Hernandez (8)
RBI - Gary Sheffield (41)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hernandez-A. Hernandez-Castillo-Murphy, Castillo-A. Hernandez-Murphy
New York Mets
Livan Hernandez (L,7-8) 5.11166111 5.47
Elmer Dessens 1.2000010 3.63
Tim Redding 1433000 6.42
Nelson Figueroa 1311010 6.14
IBB - Renteria by Livan Hernandez
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 76-49, Elmer Dessens 14-9, Tim Redding 22-15, Nelson Figueroa 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 7-7, Elmer Dessens 2-2, Tim Redding 1-1, Nelson Figueroa 1-1
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 27, Elmer Dessens 5, Tim Redding 6, Nelson Figueroa 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38584
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Tom Hallion