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Mets roll, take series from Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ronny Cedeno and Chris Young made the day a lot easier for Jason Bay, who calls playing left field in San Francisco during the day a nightmare.

Cedeno drove in five runs to match his career high, Bay had only his second multi-RBI game this year and the New York Mets beat San Francisco 9-1 on Thursday to take three of four from the Giants and win their first series in a month.

"I'm seeing the ball well and trying to hit my pitch," Cedeno said. "I just want to be more patient and just see ball, hit ball."

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Bay had two RBI as Mets won for the fourth time in five games following a 2-14 slide. His only other multi-RBI game was April 13, when he hit a two-run homer against Philadelphia.

He was more concerned about playing defense.

"Every day game here is a nightmare," Bay said. "It's always been like this. You get the sun, it's windy and there are no clouds. You hope to get a big lead so you don't get one on the sun and blow it."

New York took a 4-0 lead in the first on Bay's two-run single and Cedeno's two-run double. Young took care of the rest.

David Wright had an RBI single in the second, and run-scoring singles by Bay and Cedeno made it 7-1 in the fifth. Cedeno had another two-run double in the seventh.

"This is the same team that went on a massive skid and came in here and took three of four from a first-place team," Bay said. "It is frustrating because it's there sometimes and it's not other times."

Young (3-5) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked none. He had been 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA in five starts since winning at the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 28.

"It was great to contribute to a win," Young said. "The guys set the tone early with all the runs. It gave me some room for error and allowed me to be aggressive."

Hunter Pence had a fourth-inning sacrifice fly for San Francisco, which has lost seven of eight since opening a three-game NL lead over the Dodgers on July 25. Melky Cabrera was a home run shy of a cycle.

"We've been awful here this last week," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're in a rut right now, and it's not fun. How we press on from here will determine our season."

Barry Zito (8-8) gave up seven runs, six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. San Francisco pitchers walked six in the game and 19 in the series.

"I had a couple of quick outs and then a couple of walks and that was the difference," said Zito, who has a first-inning ERA of 8.10. "You have to bear down and put them away. I was fighting myself a little bit."

Notes

  • The Mets had their largest victory margin since routing the Phillies 11-1 on July 3 as they took two of three in that series.
  • All-Star R.A. Dickey (14-2, 2.83) will go for the Mets when they play a series opener at San Diego on Friday night. He will be appearing in his second game at Petco Park.
  • The Giants are sending RHP Ryan Vogelsong (8-5, 2.22) to the mound in Colorado on Friday night. The NL ERA leader has never lost to the Rockies in 10 appearances.
  • Young had last faced the Giants in 2009, when he was 3-0 against them for the Padres.
  • Giants C Buster Posey, given the day off, has 19 RBI since the All-Star break.
  • The Giants activated RHP Shane Loux and C Hector Sanchez from the disabled list after optioning OF Justin Christian and C Eli Whiteside to Triple-A Fresno.
  • Mets LHP Johan Santana, on the DL with a sprained right ankle, threw his first full bullpen session and is to throw another Sunday.
 
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Mets center fielder Andres Torres scores in the fifth inning in between former Giants teammates Barry Zito and Hector Sanchez.  (AP)
Mets center fielder Andres Torres scores in the fifth inning in between former Giants teammates Barry Zito and Hector Sanchez. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cedeno
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 5
San Francisco

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS5010001 .316
Andres Torres, CF4210112 .238
David Wright, 3B3111212 .333
Scott Hairston, RF4310112 .268
Daniel Murphy, 1B3221000 .300
    Elvin Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   a- Jordany Valdespin, PH0000100 .265
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Jason Bay, LF4112113 .160
Ronny Cedeno, 2B5035012 .280
Rob Johnson, C5000016 .256
Chris Young, P3010000 .176
   b- Ike Davis, PH-1B1000000 .209
Totals37911966  
a-walked for Ramirez in the 9th
b-grounded out for C. Young in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (10, Zito), Ronny Cedeno 2 (9, Zito, Loux)
RBI - David Wright (72), Daniel Murphy (48), Jason Bay 2 (10), Ronny Cedeno 5 (17)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (27), Jason Bay 2 (7), Ronny Cedeno 5 (11)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Wright-Cedeno-Davis
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young (W,3-5) 7411040 4.22
Elvin Ramirez 1000100 7.50
Ramon Ramirez 1000100 4.23
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 97-65, Elvin Ramirez 16-9, Ramon Ramirez 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 7-10, Elvin Ramirez 1-1, Ramon Ramirez 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Young 25, Elvin Ramirez 3, Ramon Ramirez 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marco Scutaro, 3B4000001 .274
Ryan Theriot, 2B3000000 .264
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   a- Brett Pill, PH1000000 .202
Melky Cabrera, LF4130000 .352
Hunter Pence, RF2001102 .267
Hector Sanchez, C4000001 .273
Angel Pagan, CF2000010 .272
    Shane Loux, P0000000 .000
    Joaquin Arias, 2B1000000 .245
Brandon Belt, 1B3010010 .238
Brandon Crawford, SS2000111 .231
Barry Zito, P1000000 .091
    Gregor Blanco, CF2000011 .238
Totals2914124  
a-popped out for Romo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (21, C. Young)
3B - Melky Cabrera (9, C. Young), Brandon Belt (4, C. Young)
SF - Hunter Pence (3)
RBI - Hunter Pence (60)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Crawford-Belt
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Zito (L,8-8) 4.1677310 4.27
Shane Loux 2.1422110 4.91
Clay Hensley 1.2100120 2.95
Sergio Romo 0.2000120 2.25
HBP - Murphy (by Barry Zito)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 84-51, Shane Loux 41-21, Clay Hensley 38-21, Sergio Romo 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 5-7, Shane Loux 3-2, Clay Hensley 1-2
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 23, Shane Loux 11, Clay Hensley 7, Sergio Romo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41843
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Dale Scott