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New York at San Francisco

N.Y. Mets
W: M. Cain (8-5) L: M. Pelfrey (5-8)
S: B. Wilson (26)
HR: NYM - N. Evans (1)   SF - None

Giants 4, Mets 2

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval celebrated his first All-Star game selection by hitting an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 21 games and fellow All-Star Matt Cain pitched six scoreless innings to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday night.

Nate Schierholtz added four hits and an RBI after being moved up to the cleanup spot for the Giants, who have won four of five to take a three-game lead over Arizona in the NL West heading into the All-Star break. This is the first time since 2003 that San Francisco enters the break in first place.

Cain (8-5) delivered the latest strong pitching performance for the World Series champions. He escaped trouble all night, pitching around four extra-base hits and stranding six runners in scoring position to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions. Cain allowed five hits and three walks, lowering his ERA to 2.06 over his last eight starts.

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Brian Wilson allowed an RBI double to Justin Turner in the ninth before recording his 26th save in 30 chances.

Nick Evans also hit a pinch-hit homer for the Mets, who lost the final two games here to drop their first road series since losing two of three to the Cubs in May. They still finished the first half at 46-45 despite starting the season 5-13.

Sandoval got the news earlier in the day that he would be making his first All-Star game appearance as in injury replacement for Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, who is on the DL with a hamstring injury. The All-Star selection was the latest accolade in a turnaround season for Sandoval, who lost nearly 40 pounds this offseason after he struggled with his weight and hitting in 2010.

Sandoval just missed out on the All-Star game in 2009 despite having a .333 average with 15 homers and 55 RBI at the break. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel picked his own player, Shane Victorino, instead of Sandoval that year. With San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy making picks, Sandoval got his chance despite missing 40 games with an injured right wrist.

Sandoval received a warm ovation in a pregame ceremony and then backed his manager's pick when he doubled in Andres Torres in the third inning to score the game's first run. Schierholtz followed with an RBI single to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

That was all the Giants could manage in six innings off Mike Pelfrey (5-8), who allowed eight hits and two walks. But it proved to be enough because the Mets were unable to capitalize on numerous chances against Cain, leaving runners in scoring position in his final five innings.

They wasted a leadoff double by Daniel Murphy in the second, left the bases loaded in the third when Murphy popped up to end the inning, were unable to score after Lucas Duda's one-out triple in the fourth and squandered Turner's one-out double in the fifth. Cain's night ended when he struck out Ruben Tejada on his 118th pitch to end the sixth with Ronny Paulino on second base.

The Giants added two runs in the seventh off Jonathon Niese in his first career relief appearance. Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand had RBI singles in the inning.


The addition of Sandoval to the All-Star team gives the Giants five All-Stars for the first time since 1966, when they had six. ... The Mets have set their rotation for after the break, with R.A. Dickey starting Friday against the Phillies, followed by Niese, Pelfrey, Chris Capuano and Dillon Gee. ... The Giants sold out all 44 home games before the All-Star break.

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Players of the Game
San Francisco

N. Schierholtz
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
New York

J. Turner
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0

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c-doubled for Acosta in the 9th
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3B - Lucas Duda (2, Cain)
HR - Nick Evans (1, Affeldt)
RBI - Justin Turner (35), Nick Evans (2)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Turner (12), Nick Evans (2)
Team LOB - 10
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E - Daniel Murphy (8, Misplayed grounder), Angel Pagan (5, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,5-8) 6822250 4.55
Jonathon Niese 0.1222000 3.88
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Mike Fontenot, 2B5130004 .227
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
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Miguel Tejada, 3B4011004 .241
Aaron Rowand, LF4011000 .242
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b-flied out for Romo in the 8th
2B - Andres Torres (17, Pelfrey), Mike Fontenot (8, Acosta), Pablo Sandoval (15, Pelfrey), Nate Schierholtz (15, Niese)
SH - Matt Cain (6)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (29), Nate Schierholtz (31), Miguel Tejada (25), Aaron Rowand (17)
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Jeremy Affeldt (H,9) 1.2211011 3.43
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Game Information
Attendance - 42123
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Andy Fletcher