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San Francisco at New York

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Mets 5, Giants 2

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Expected to be an ace, Mike Pelfrey pitched that way against the San Francisco Giants.

The fact that the defending World Series champions trotted out a limited lineup, well, no matter to the New York Mets.

Pelfrey stayed strong into the eighth inning, Carlos Beltran homered and the Mets averted a Giants sweep with a 5-2 win Thursday.

Pelfrey (2-3), supposed to anchor the Mets' rotation while injured Johan Santana recovers this year, began the day with a 7.39 ERA.

"I was overthrowing it, trying to do too much, trying to make things happen," Pelfrey said.

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This outing was smoother from the start, and he gave up one earned run and four hits in 7 2/3 innings.

As he told pitching coach Dan Warthen: "It felt like it clicked again. Almost effortless."

San Francisco loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez, but Miguel Tejada struck out and pinch-hitter Buster Posey grounded out. Rodriguez got four outs and hung on for his seventh save.

"I've seen it before, this guy needs some tension, he needs to be on the edge," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I wish he wouldn't do that. I'm too old to watch this stuff."

Jose Reyes lined a two-run triple and the Mets took advantage of more wildness from Jonathan Sanchez (2-2) to win for the second time in seven games.

The Giants were trying to sweep the Mets for the first time since 2002. But they also were finishing up a stretch where they played 16 of 19 games on the road.

Posey and Pat Burrell did not start and Freddy Sanchez sat with a sore right thumb. Minus several other injured players, the Giants slipped back under .500 at 15-16 -- so far, they've played 22 road games.

"It's good to be heading home," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Mike Fontenot homered with two outs in the fourth for San Francisco's first hit. The Giants' fill-in No. 3 hitter sent a drive into the second deck in right field - a fan up there made a hefty heave, tossing the souvenir nearly back to first baseman Ike Davis. An inning earlier, Mets second baseman Chin-lung Hu missed Davis by nearly 10 feet on a routine throw.

Known for his shaky control, Sanchez walked six while giving up five runs and five hits in five innings. Beltran hit a two-run homer in the fifth for a 5-2 lead.

"I'm not getting anything over the plate," Sanchez said. "I try to do my best. Nothing's working right now."

Bochy said he planned to talk with Sanchez on Friday about his troubles. Sanchez said he's OK physically.

"Your No. 2 spot in the rotation, you've got to be better than this," Bochy said. "It's not a great day for Johnny."

"It just looks like a lack of concentration. He's drifting mentally," he said.

The Mets scored three times in the second, taking advantage when Sanchez couldn't find the strike zone and San Francisco outfielders couldn't corral the ball.

Jason Bay, fresh off the paternity leave list, opened with a double that bounced from the glove of diving left fielder Cody Ross. Davis followed with a looper that fell a step in front of Ross for a single.

Ronny Paulino's double-play grounder scored a run and Sanchez walked Scott Hairston -- batting .176 this season -- and Pelfrey, a career .090 hitter. Reyes followed with a liner that skipped just beyond center fielder Aaron Rowand for a two-run triple and a 3-0 lead.

A day after his name surfaced in a Mets-to-Giants trade rumor, Reyes had a mixed afternoon. The All-Star shortstop streaked around the bases on his triple, but argued after being called out on strikes to end the fourth, then made a throwing error on the first play in the fifth.

"Maybe I was a little bit angry," Reyes said.

Notes

  • All five of Beltran's home runs this season have come at Citi Field.
  • Pelfrey and Ross each took big swings and helicoptered bats into the front row behind San Francisco's third-base dugout. No one was hurt.
  • Dodgers star Andre Ethier brings his 29-game hitting streak into Citi Field on Friday night. Jonathon Niese starts for the Mets.
 
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Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

M. Pelfrey
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Rowand, CF4010002 .280
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B4010011 .286
Mike Fontenot, SS2111210 .261
Aubrey Huff, 1B4000012 .204
Nate Schierholtz, RF3100101 .280
Cody Ross, LF4010011 .200
Miguel Tejada, 3B4000014 .196
Eli Whiteside, C2000110 .176
   a- Buster Posey, PH1000003 .248
Jonathan Sanchez, P2011001 .154
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   b- Darren Ford, PH1000010 .250
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
Totals3125247  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Whiteside in the 9th
b-struck out for Mota in the 8th
Batting
HR - Mike Fontenot (2, Pelfrey)
RBI - Mike Fontenot (6), Jonathan Sanchez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Fontenot (2), Jonathan Sanchez (1)
CS - Emmanuel Burriss (1, 2nd base by Rodriguez/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Fontenot-Burriss-Huff, Huff-Fontenot-Burriss
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez (L,2-2) 5555661 3.55
Guillermo Mota 2000000 2.08
Dan Runzler 1000010 6.19
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 93-48, Guillermo Mota 22-13, Dan Runzler 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 4-3, Guillermo Mota 3-3, Dan Runzler 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 24, Guillermo Mota 6, Dan Runzler 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4012021 .313
Chin-lung Hu, 2B3000121 .059
David Wright, 3B3110101 .250
Carlos Beltran, RF4112012 .292
Jason Bay, LF3110121 .256
Ike Davis, 1B4010002 .310
Ronny Paulino, C2000100 .467
Scott Hairston, CF2100101 .167
    Jason Pridie, CF0000000 .242
Mike Pelfrey, P2100101 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals2755467  
Batting
2B - Jason Bay (3, Sanchez)
3B - Jose Reyes (3, Sanchez)
HR - Carlos Beltran (5, Sanchez)
RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (10), Carlos Beltran 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (6)
SB - David Wright (8, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside), Scott Hairston (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Paulino-Reyes-Hu, Pelfrey-Reyes-Davis
E - Chin-lung Hu (1, Throwing), Jose Reyes (2, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (W,2-3) 7.2421251 6.06
Francisco Rodriguez (S,7) 1.1100220 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 116-78, Francisco Rodriguez 41-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 12-6, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 29, Francisco Rodriguez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23433
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg