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Rowand's blast ends Mets' 10-game home win streak

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NEW YORK -- After Brian Wilson watched Jason Bay's shallow fly take a wild ride in the wind and end up falling in for a leadoff double in the ninth, he changed his approach.

He focused on strikeouts.

With trash swirling around him, Wilson struck out the side in the ninth to preserve San Francisco's 6-5 win Sunday that ended the New York Mets' nine-game home winning streak in a game that lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes.

"It's not part of my job description to think about wind and garbage," Wilson said. "That drop made me focus a little bit more and get the job done."

Aaron Rowand hit a go-ahead, two-run homer into winds that gusted to 38 mph in the eighth inning after the Giants blew a two-run lead for Tim Lincecum, his third straight no decision after leaving with the lead.

San Francisco finished its East Coast trip 4-2, while New York -- which won the first two of the series with game-ending homers -- lost for the first time at Citi Field since April 21.

"This would've been a tough one to take," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But they bounced back and it made for a pretty good road trip."

Lincecum left after six innings with a 4-2 lead before the Giants fell apart in the seventh. Bay's wind-aided two-run single off Dan Runzler tied it and David Wright gave New York its first lead with a sacrifice fly.

Rowand homered to right-center after Jenrry Meija (0-2) issued the Mets' 10th of 11 walks to retake the lead, and Wilson prevented the Mets from making it three last at-bat wins in a row. He got all five of his outs by strikeout for his seventh save.

"That's as hard as I can hit a ball that way," Rowand said. "I honestly thought it was going to be caught."

Bay led off the ninth with another pop fly that the Giants fielders couldn't catch -- it hit off shortstop Juan Uribe's glove. Wright then struck out for the fourth time and was ejected for contesting the call, and Ike Davis and Jeff Francoeur struck out to end it.

Sergio Romo (1-3) got two outs for the win.

The Giants jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to another awful start by Oliver Perez, who walked a season-high seven and hit a batter in 3 1/3 innings.

Uribe was hit by a pitch and walked four times, including once with the bases loaded in the fourth. Rowand also scored on a passed ball in the fourth inning.

After a perfect first, Perez walked the leadoff batter in three straight innings. In the second, the Giants combined their two hits off Perez with the walk and a wild pitch to take a 2-0 lead. Matt Downs had an RBI single and Ryan Rohlinger, called up Friday for the injured Edgar Renteria, drove in a run with a groundout.

Perez again loaded the bases in the third with two walks and hit backup catcher Eli Whiteside. But he left unscathed when Angel Pagan made a running catch of Downs' drive to left-center for the third out. The half-inning took 17 minutes and Perez threw 35 pitches, 21 balls.

"I am disappointed in myself," Perez said. "I've got to be better than that. I know what I have to do."

Lincecum then had a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 inning that lasted about as long as a trip to the hot dog stand.

The fourth was much of the same. Perez walked the bases loaded while getting one out, a fielder's choice by Lincecum. After walking Andres Torres for the second straight inning, Perez was lifted to lusty boos from the crowd of 35,641.

Raul Valdez relieved and retired Pablo Sadoval, who snapped an 0-for-15 skid Saturday, but walked Uribe to score a run. The Giants made it 4-0 on Rod Barajas' passed ball.

Perez, winless in seven starts since Aug. 18, gave up four runs -- three earned. But manager Jerry Manuel said Perez will remain in the rotation.

After scattering four singles through five innings, Lincecum gave up three hits in the sixth, including RBI singles to Davis and Francoeur to make it 4-2.

The slight, two-time Cy Young winner came out for the seventh but was lifted for Runzler having thrown 116 pitches. He struck out eight

Notes

  • The Giants left 12 on base, the Mets 11.
  • Mets 2B Luis Castillo did not start after he left Saturday's game because of a bruised left heel. Manuel said the trainers are going to try to prevent further pain by cushioning the heel.
  • Giants C Bengie Molina was not in the starting lineup because of a tight left hamstring. He hopes to play the Giants' next game, Tuesday against San Diego.
 
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Aaron Rowand hits a two-run shot in the eighth despite wind gusts of 38 mph.  (AP)
Aaron Rowand hits a two-run shot in the eighth despite wind gusts of 38 mph. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Bay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

A. Rowand
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF4212112 .321
Andres Torres, LF2010300 .271
Pablo Sandoval, 1B-3B5000016 .282
Juan Uribe, SS0101400 .263
Eli Whiteside, C4000006 .333
Nate Schierholtz, RF5110014 .351
Matt Downs, 2B5021014 .359
Ryan Rohlinger, 3B2011100 .500
   a- Aubrey Huff, PH-1B2000001 .280
Tim Lincecum, P2100112 .188
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   b- John Bowker, PH0100100 .222
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P1000011 .000
Totals32665116  
a-lined out for Rohlinger in the 8th
b-walked for Romo in the 8th
Batting
HR - Aaron Rowand (4, Mejia)
RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (17), Juan Uribe (20), Matt Downs (3), Ryan Rohlinger (1)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Uribe (9)
SB - Andres Torres (4, 2nd base off Nieve/Barajas)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Downs-Sandoval
E - Juan Uribe (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum 6722280 1.86
Dan Runzler (H,2) 0.1133210 4.26
Sergio Romo (BS,3; W,1-3) 0.2100100 4.30
Jeremy Affeldt (H,2) 0.1100000 2.84
Brian Wilson (S,7) 1.2100050 2.19
IBB - Davis by Sergio Romo
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 116-72, Dan Runzler 18-7, Sergio Romo 19-9, Jeremy Affeldt 5-3, Brian Wilson 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 4-5, Sergio Romo 1-2, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 26, Dan Runzler 4, Sergio Romo 5, Jeremy Affeldt 2, Brian Wilson 6
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4120011 .262
Alex Cora, 2B3000000 .163
   a- Fernando Tatis, PH0100100 .222
    Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Nieve, P0000000 .000
   b- Henry Blanco, PH0000000 .300
   c- Frank Catalanotto, PH1000011 .167
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
Jose Reyes, SS4220111 .237
Jason Bay, LF4122112 .248
David Wright, 3B4001045 .269
Ike Davis, 1B3021211 .316
Jeff Francoeur, RF5011023 .241
Rod Barajas, C4000016 .233
Oliver Perez, P1000011 .111
    Raul Valdes, P1010000 .500
   d- Gary Matthews Jr., PH1000010 .140
    Luis Castillo, 2B1010000 .271
Totals365115514  
a-walked for Cora in the 7th
b-announced for Nieve in the 8th
c-struck out for Blanco in the 8th
d-struck out for Valdes in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Bay (7, Wilson)
SF - David Wright (2)
SH - Angel Pagan (2)
RBI - Jason Bay 2 (14), David Wright (22), Ike Davis (9), Jeff Francoeur (17)
2-OUT RBI - Ike Davis (6), Jeff Francoeur (8)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (8, 2nd base off Lincecum/Whiteside, 2nd base off Lincecum/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Wright-Cora-Davis
PB - Rod Barajas (1)
New York Mets
Oliver Perez 3.1243720 4.50
Raul Valdes 3.2200230 2.76
Jenrry Mejia (BS,1; L,0-2) 0.1122201 2.63
Fernando Nieve 0.2000000 3.50
Pedro Feliciano 1100010 1.29
HBP - Whiteside (by Oliver Perez), Uribe (by Fernando Nieve)
WP - Oliver Perez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 98-44, Raul Valdes 50-33, Jenrry Mejia 23-11, Fernando Nieve 11-6, Pedro Feliciano 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 2-6, Raul Valdes 2-5, Fernando Nieve 2-0, Pedro Feliciano 1-1
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 20, Raul Valdes 14, Jenrry Mejia 4, Fernando Nieve 3, Pedro Feliciano 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35641
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Angel Hernandez