New York at San Francisco

Scoreboard
N.Y. Mets (49-43) «00110001014100
San Francisco (50-42)10000000203120

Mets squander lead in 9th, avoid sweep to Giants in 10th

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mets outfielder Jason Bay had put his head down and took a few steps in thinking the game was over. It wasn't, and he took advantage of the extra chance.

Ike Davis doubled him home for the go-ahead run in 10th inning after the Mets had wasted a two-run lead in the ninth, and New York survived a wild ending to beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Sunday and avoid a four-game sweep.

Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa hit a tying, two-run single in the ninth inning for San Francisco, but he was thrown out at the plate on an infield chopper as the potential winning run. Replays showed Ishikawa appeared safe as he slid into home.

"When you see the catcher jump you think it's over," Bay said. "We had no business losing that game, and at the same time, there was a point we had no business winning that game. We don't have the luxury when (Johan) Santana gives up one run of not winning his starts."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy also thought the game was over and his team had won.

"He missed it," Bochy said of plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. "It was a tough call, game over, but he thought he got him. Ishi got a great jump there, a high throw, and we all thought the game was over. Unfortunately that call went against us."

Ishikawa said he went through a spectrum of emotions as he slid home.

"Phil and I disagreed," Ishikawa said. "To be so sure of something and I guess I was wrong. I saw the replay and it was closer than I thought it was initially. I didn't think it was anywhere near close, but I still think like I had made it."

Giants closer Brian Wilson (2-1) got the first two outs of the 10th before giving up Bay's third single of the game. Davis, who also drove in a run in the eighth, doubled high off the right field wall for the go-ahead run.

"I was scoring regardless," Bay said. "I was not going to be stopped."

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez (3-2) blew his fourth save in 26 chances -- and wasted a stellar start by Santana -- in the ninth inning, but he earned the win when Davis delivered.

"I wanted to go back out and redeem myself after the meltdown in the ninth," Rodriguez said. "I wanted to finish it after the guys picked me up."

The 10th wasn't easy for Rodriguez, either. He gave up a two-out double to Edgar Renteria and intentionally walked Juan Uribe before striking out Eli Whiteside on a full-count pitch.

"He asked me to go back out if we scored," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "He's our guy and we have to let him get that shot. We have to show confidence in him."

David Wright led off the fourth inning with his 15th home run of the season.

Santana had his 16-inning scoreless streak snapped in the first when Buster Posey hit a sacrifice fly to give the Giants a 1-0 advantage. But that was all he allowed, giving up eight hits and one walk. He struck out five.

"I had to step up," said Santana, who has still allowed a mere two runs over his last 31 innings for a 0.56 ERA. "It's getting to a point where I have all pitches working."

Rodriguez walked Pablo Sandoval and gave up a single to Uribe to start the ninth. After Whiteside sacrificed the runners up a base, Ishikawa delivered his hit.

Andres Torres followed with a double, sending Ishikawa to third. Freddy Sanchez hit a short chopper to Wright, who threw high to Henry Blanco, who apparently made the tag.

"The guy was out," Manuel said. "I haven't seen the replay. What are you talking about?"

Wright took over sole possession of fourth place on the Mets' career home run list with 156, breaking a tie with Dave Kingman. Bay finished 3 for 5 after going 3 for 28 over his previous eight games.

Sanchez and Aubrey Huff each had two hits for the Giants, who lead the majors in runs scored this month. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Notes

  • Wright took a hard grounder off his right knee in the sixth but stayed in the game. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games.
  • Posey extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single to lead off the sixth.
  • 2B Luis Castillo (bruised right heel) will join the Mets in Phoenix on Monday, when SS Jose Reyes is also expected to return to the lineup after missing five games with a sore side.
  • Giants RHP Chris Ray has allowed five of the last seven hitters he's faced to reach base.
  • Ishikawa has a batting average of .478 (11 for 23) as a pinch hitter.
  • The Giants were 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 on base.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Francisco Rodriguez blows his fifth save opportunity but picks up his third win.  (AP)
Francisco Rodriguez blows his fifth save opportunity but picks up his third win. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

I. Davis
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

J. Sanchez
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 5
 

Related Video

December 22, 2014
Cardinals at 49ers Preview (2:53)
December 17, 2014
Fantasy Update: Alfonso Smith
(0:36)
December 16, 2014
Fantasy Update: Carlos Hyde
(0:36)
December 9, 2014
Fantasy Update: Vernon Davis
(0:40)
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5011011 .304
Justin Turner, 2B5110002 .067
David Wright, 3B4111100 .309
Jason Bay, LF5130002 .266
Ike Davis, 1B5032012 .261
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000033 .246
Henry Blanco, C4000014 .269
Ruben Tejada, SS3100100 .212
Johan Santana, P3010010 .154
   a- Chris Carter, PH1000000 .270
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals39410427  
a-flied out for Santana in the 9th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (18, Sanchez), Justin Turner (1, Ray), Ike Davis 2 (18, Ray, Wilson)
HR - David Wright (15, Sanchez)
RBI - Angel Pagan (41), David Wright (67), Ike Davis 2 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (17), Ike Davis 2 (19)
PK - Jason Bay (1, Sanchez)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Santana-Turner-Davis
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johan Santana 8811150 2.87
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,5; W,3-2) 2422210 2.68
IBB - Uribe by Francisco Rodriguez
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 115-81, Francisco Rodriguez 47-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 9-9, Francisco Rodriguez 4-1
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 32, Francisco Rodriguez 12
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF5020000 .278
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5120001 .275
Aubrey Huff, RF5020003 .302
Buster Posey, 1B4011012 .353
Pat Burrell, LF5010013 .246
Pablo Sandoval, 3B2010202 .271
    Edgar Renteria, PR-SS1110000 .297
Juan Uribe, SS-3B4110113 .253
Eli Whiteside, C4000025 .253
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000011 .214
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1000000 .239
    Chris Ray, P0000000 .000
    Denny Bautista, P00000001.000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   b- Travis Ishikawa, PH1012000 .338
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals39312336  
a-grounded out for Sanchez in the 7th
b-singled for Mota in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres 2 (26, Santana, Rodriguez), Pablo Sandoval (21, Santana), Edgar Renteria (8, Rodriguez)
SF - Buster Posey (3)
SH - Eli Whiteside (2)
RBI - Buster Posey (28), Travis Ishikawa 2 (17)
SB - Aubrey Huff (4, 2nd base off Santana/Blanco)
Team LOB - 11
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez 7622151 3.42
Chris Ray 0.2211100 3.46
Denny Bautista 0.1000000 2.86
Guillermo Mota 1000010 3.12
Brian Wilson (L,2-1) 1211010 2.03
HBP - Francoeur (by Denny Bautista)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 96-66, Chris Ray 23-15, Denny Bautista 8-5, Guillermo Mota 11-7, Brian Wilson 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 6-9, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Brian Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 27, Chris Ray 5, Denny Bautista 2, Guillermo Mota 3, Brian Wilson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37326
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Mike Estabrook