- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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Hey, at least they weren’t no-hit!
San Francisco Giants
New York survived a dominant performance by Matt Cain and actually chased him with a lead. However, Carlos Torres issued a four-pitch leadoff walk to ex-Met Angel Pagan and then surrendered a tiebreaking one-out home run to Buster Posey in the eighth as the San Francisco Giants beat the Mets, 4-2, Friday at AT&T Park.
Cain unable: Cain retired the first 12 Mets batters, took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, and didn’t win? Yep.
Matt den Dekker had a leadoff double in the seventh and Daniel Murphy followed that with a two-run homer on a hanging slider and all of a sudden the Mets, who had been silent offensively, had a 2-1 lead.
Cain had faced the minimum through six innings in his return from a DL trip for a right hamstring strain.
The Mets (28-33) had their first baserunner when plate umpire Rob Drake did not give Cain a strike call on a 3-1 pitch to Curtis Granderson at the inside corner to lead off the fifth. The Giants ace immediately erased Granderson anyway by coaxing a double-play grounder from Andrew Brown.
Cain at least was absolved of getting tagged with a loss once Brandon Crawford delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle in the seventh against Jonathon Niese to even the score at 2. Niese had walked former Mets farmhand Brandon Hicks and uncorked a wild pitch to advance him into scoring position.
Cain’s line: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
Niesely done: With less flair than Cain, Niese took a scoreless effort into the fifth inning. The southpaw then surrendered a one-out triple to Hicks. Crawford followed with the first of his two RBIs, on a sacrifice fly to left field.
For the second straight game, Brown made a strong throw to the plate. This time, however, the ball struck Hicks as he slid into the plate, preventing d’Arnaud from even attempting to make a play, and San Francisco took a 1-0 lead.
Niese’s line: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. He departed at 94 pitches and was replaced by Torres for the eighth.
You? Hicks doubled, tripled, walked and scored twice -- hard to believe considering his dreadful showing in major league camp with the Mets in 2013. Hicks hit .116 (5-for-43) and committed four errors in Grapefruit League play. He then spent last season at Triple-A Las Vegas before departing as a free agent.
Freefalling: d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with a foul pop out and two double plays. He is 3-for-26 since returning from the disabled list for a concussion and is now hitting .180.
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