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Posey's homer leads Giants to win over Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have raced to the best record in the majors with few contributions from two of their biggest stars.

Buster Posey and Matt Cain started to change that Friday night.

Posey hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning for his first long ball in more than a month, Cain made a successful return from the disabled list and the Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games by beating the New York Mets 4-2.

"He's a talented hitter," manager Bruce Bochy said of Posey. "We all have our ups and downs. We talk about that all the time. He saw the ball well tonight."

The big blast off Carlos Torres (2-3) capped a three-hit day for Posey, who entered the game with only four hits in his past 42 at-bats at home and no homers since May 3.

Angel Pagan started the rally with a leadoff walk against Torres and advanced to second on a groundout. Posey followed with a long drive to left-center to snap a 93 at-bat homer drought as the Giants (40-21) became the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins.

"In that situation you're just trying to get something you can stay in the middle of the field with and try to get that run in from second," Posey said. "Fortunately I got a good pitch I could handle and it went out."

Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth on his 35th birthday to get the win. Sergio Romo got three outs for his 19th save in 21 chances.

Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer for the Mets, who lost their fourth straight game. The bullpen has taken all four of the losses and has a major league-worst 15 losses on the season.

"He was the perfect guy," manager Terry Collins said of Torres. "He's had great numbers against the Giants. He doesn't hardly walk anybody. Buster's made a career of getting big hits."

Cain allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings in his first start back from a stint on the disabled list for a strained right hamstring. But he got a no-decision and still has only one win in nine starts in a rough season that has included two trips to the disabled list.

"We had the fastball working pretty well today," Cain said. "We were on both sides of the plate and tried to mix some off-speed stuff after that. The big key today was getting the fastball over for strikes."

Cain was in complete control with a 1-0 lead having faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings before the Mets quickly turned the tide in the seventh.

Matt den Dekker led off the inning with a double for New York's second hit of the game and Murphy followed with his fourth home run of the season to put the Mets ahead 2-1.

The Giants tied it in the bottom half when Brandon Hicks and Brandon Crawford teamed up again to produce a run. Hicks drew a two-out walk from Jonathon Niese, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Crawford's single to center.

The duo produced San Francisco's first run in the fifth when Hicks tripled and scored on Crawford's sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.

Niese allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, extending his streak of consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer to 16 but still ended up with a no-decision.

"It's tough," he said. "You go out there and battle and you want to see the win beside your name. But it is what it is, it's part of the game. It'll come eventually. I have all the confidence in the offense we have here. They're going to put up runs."

Cain retired the first 12 batters of the game before walking Curtis Granderson to lead off the fifth. Granderson was quickly erased when Andrew Brown hit into a double play.

The Mets got the leadoff runner on again in the sixth when Ruben Tejada reached on an infield single. Cain once again followed that by inducing a double-play grounder by Travis d'Arnaud.

Notes

There was a pregame moment of silence for Don Zimmer, who coached for San Francisco and played for the Mets. Zimmer died Wednesday at age 83. ... Bartolo Colon (5-5) starts Saturday for the Mets against Tim Hudson (6-2).

 
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Buster Posey provides the difference for the Giants with a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth. (USATSI)
Buster Posey provides the difference for the Giants with a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt den Dekker, CF4110000 .182
Daniel Murphy, 2B4112010 .296
David Wright, 3B3000000 .281
Curtis Granderson, RF2000100 .215
Andrew Brown, LF3000001 .182
   Carlos Torres, P0000000 .000
Lucas Duda, 1B3000010 .238
Ruben Tejada, SS3020010 .239
Travis d'Arnaud, C3000002 .180
Jonathon Niese, P2000010 .053
   Chris Young, LF1000000 .196
Totals2824214  
Batting
2B - Matt den Dekker (1, Cain)
HR - Daniel Murphy (4, Cain)
RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (23)
Team LOB - 0
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Duda
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese 7522130 2.68
Carlos Torres (L,2-3) 1322111 2.72
WP - Jonathon Niese (1)
HBP - Cain (by Jonathon Niese)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 94-59, Carlos Torres 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 9-8, Carlos Torres 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 27, Carlos Torres 7
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF3100111 .316
Hunter Pence, RF4000000 .285
Buster Posey, C4132000 .272
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000002 .247
Michael Morse, 1B4010001 .285
Juan Perez, LF4010010 .138
Brandon Hicks, 2B3220112 .191
Brandon Crawford, SS2012001 .238
Matt Cain, P1000010 .235
   a-Joaquin Arias, PH1000001 .167
   Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Totals3048424  
a-flied out for Cain in the 7th
Batting
2B - Juan Perez (2, Torres), Brandon Hicks (6, Niese)
3B - Brandon Hicks (1, Niese)
HR - Buster Posey (8, Torres)
SF - Brandon Crawford (6)
RBI - Buster Posey 2 (29), Brandon Crawford 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Crawford (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hicks-Morse, Hicks-Morse-Hicks-Crawford-Morse, Hicks-Morse-Hicks-Crawford-Morse-Sandoval-Hicks-Morse
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain 7322131 3.52
Jeremy Affeldt (W,1-1) 1100010 1.40
Sergio Romo (S,19) 1000000 3.24
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 96-57, Jeremy Affeldt 9-7, Sergio Romo 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 9-7, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Sergio Romo 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 23, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Sergio Romo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41437
Game Time - 2:17
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Pat Hoberg, Third Base - Marty Foster