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Barajas, Davis both homer twice as Mets win on walk-off

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NEW YORK -- Rod Barajas' left index finger was aching, so he knew he was limited at the plate.

"I told myself I probably got one good swing," he said. "Once I take that swing, my finger's going to go numb."

So he took that one swing against Sergio Romo with the score tied in the ninth inning, one on and one out.

Did the finger indeed go numb?

"My whole body went numb after it went over the fence," Barajas said.

Barajas and hot-hitting rookie Ike Davis both homered twice, and Davis did a 360 degree flip into the dugout to catch a foul ball in the ninth as the happy-at-home Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 Friday night for their eighth straight win at Citi Field.

Lefties had been 0 for 17 against Jonathan Sanchez this year coming in, but Davis hit solo drives in the second and fourth innings, connecting on a fastball and a curveball for the first multihomer game of his young big league career.

He combined with Barajas in the second to give New York back-to-back homers for the first time at Citi Field, which opened last year. Davis had noticed the stat about Sanchez and lefties on the scoreboard.

"I thought it was a mistake," Davis said. "That's not even possible."

His catch came with runners at the corners against Pablo Sandoval with two outs in the ninth. Alex Cora helped break Davis' fall in the dugout.

"My biceps are a little sore from holding onto the fence," Davis said.

He made a similar catch against the Chicago Cubs' Jeff Baker on April 21 in Davis' third big league game.

"Most of the time you don't get chances repeatedly like that," Davis said. "I got long arms, I guess."

Davis also started the winning rally, walking with one out against Romo (0-3). Barajas had hurt his finger in the seventh, when Eli Whiteside reached out for a Mike Pelfrey hit-and-run pitchout that wasn't outside enough and whacked Barajas in the mitt for catcher's interference.

Barajas took a ball in the ninth and sent a slider high down the left-field line for his ninth homer this season and 101st of his career. It landed just about where his first home run did, giving the Mets their first game-ending hit this season, their fifth ever at Citi Field.

"Just a hanging breaking ball," Romo said. "Everyone is this league is dangerous if you hang a breaking ball."

Sanchez allowed three home runs for the first time in 72 major league starts, giving up a season-high four runs and seven hits in seven innings.

"Gopher balls got us tonight," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Francisco Rodriguez (2-0) allowed a tying solo homer to pinch-hitter John Bowker in the ninth. The Giants then put two on -- with second baseman Luis Castillo making a diving stop on Mark DeRosa's infield hit to hold Aaron Rowand at third.

Davis' catch left Sandoval with an 0 for 5 night. He is hitless in 14 consecutive at-bats, dropping his average from .337 to .296.

"He's really pressing," Bochy said. "He's fighting it all a little bit right now."

Jason Bay ended an 0-for-14 slide with a one-hop RBI double to the center-field wall in the first. Davis homered off the right-field overhang with one out in the second and, two pitches later, Barajas made it 3-0. The only others to hit consecutive homers at spacious Citi Field were Philadelphia's Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez on June 9, followed by Arizona's Mark Reynolds and Miguel Montero on Aug. 3, according to STATS LLC.

Pelfrey rebounded from shoulder stiffness when he allowed six runs at Philadelphia last weekend. He gave up three runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. A little tightness remained.

"It's way better than last time," he said.

Notes
  • Mets CF Carlos Beltran still has not been cleared by doctors to resume full baseball activities, GM Omar Minaya said. Beltran had right knee surgery Jan. 13 and is wearing a knee brace.
  • The Mets are on their longest home winning streak since taking 11 at Shea Stadium from Aug. 5-24, 2006.
  • San Francisco stranded four runners on third.
  • X-rays on Barajas were negative.
 
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Rod Barajas continues his offensive power explosion as he crushes the game-winning home run. (AP)
Rod Barajas continues his offensive power explosion as he crushes the game-winning home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

I. Davis
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
New York

R. Barajas
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF5022001 .333
Mark DeRosa, LF5011000 .205
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5000014 .296
Aubrey Huff, 1B4020010 .287
Juan Uribe, SS4010001 .267
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000014 .358
Matt Downs, 2B4010021 .379
Eli Whiteside, C2220000 .348
   a- John Bowker, PH1111000 .222
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Jonathan Sanchez, P2110002 .250
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .000
   b- Bengie Molina, PH-C1000010 .325
Totals37411406  
a-homered for Whiteside in the 9th
b-struck out for D. Bautista in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (3, Pelfrey), Eli Whiteside (4, Pelfrey)
HR - John Bowker (2, Rodriguez)
SH - Jonathan Sanchez (3)
RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (15), Mark DeRosa (10), John Bowker (6)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez 7744133 3.00
Denny Bautista 1000120 0.00
Sergio Romo (L,0-3) 0.1122101 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 115-75, Denny Bautista 19-11, Sergio Romo 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 12-5, Sergio Romo 1-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 28, Denny Bautista 4, Sergio Romo 3
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4000000 .253
Luis Castillo, 2B3000100 .259
Jose Reyes, SS4120011 .236
Jason Bay, LF4011001 .238
David Wright, 3B3010112 .287
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000022 .253
Ike Davis, 1B3322112 .314
Rod Barajas, C4223000 .244
Mike Pelfrey, P3000000 .182
    Fernando Nieve, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals3268635  
Batting
2B - Jason Bay (6, Sanchez)
HR - Ike Davis 2 (3, Sanchez, Sanchez), Rod Barajas 2 (9, Sanchez, Romo)
RBI - Jason Bay (10), Ike Davis 2 (8), Rod Barajas 3 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay (3), Ike Davis (5)
SB - Luis Castillo (5, 2nd base off D. Bautista/Whiteside), Jose Reyes (5, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside), David Wright (8, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside)
CS - David Wright (3, 2nd base by Sanchez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Wright-Castillo-Davis
E - Rod Barajas (2, Interference), Luis Castillo (1, Misplayed grounder), Mike Pelfrey (1, Throwing)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey 7.1833040 2.65
Fernando Nieve (H,5) 0.2000000 3.63
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,2; W,2-0) 1311021 1.32
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 84-60, Fernando Nieve 5-4, Francisco Rodriguez 28-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 12-6, Fernando Nieve 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 31, Fernando Nieve 2, Francisco Rodriguez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 34681
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Rob Drake