SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine sat with his head buried in his hands following another disheartening loss.
"The last six or seven days I've treated it every way possible. I'll just come up with another way tomorrow,'' Valentine said. "Just about everyone in the lineup had good at bats. It's just not enough. Something is just missing.''
Ryan Jensen pitched six strong innings to win for the first time
in eight starts and the San Francisco Giants extended the Mets' longest losing streak since 1991 to 11 games with a 3-1 victory Thursday."You feel like something is going to go wrong all the time,'' Mets first baseman Mo Vaughn said. "It's not easy, but it's part of the job. There's no feeling sorry for ourselves.''San Francisco won all six meetings with the Mets this season,
just the second time in franchise history the Giants have swept a
season series. They beat Florida nine times in 1998.The Giants remained 2½ games behind Los Angeles in the NL wild
card race.The Mets have dropped 16 of 19 overall to fall into last place in the NL East. They are on their longest losing streak since also losing 11 straight Aug. 9-21, 1991."We've pitched really well,'' Valentine said. "They've given us a good effort. The hitters are just trying too hard. We're missing it a little.''Jensen (11-8) won for the first time since July 15 after
allowing one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out two."It was kind of a rough start, but after the first three innings I started getting my breaking ball in there and they started swinging at the first pitch,'' Jensen said.Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 38 opportunities. The Giants improved to 10-0 in the regular season against the Mets at Pacific Bell Park."This series was perfect,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "It was what we needed. It was our first sweep in a while. You never know why you dominate somebody or why you're dominated. Everybody goes through slumps. Sometimes you just don't feel it.''Mike Bacsik (2-1) gave the Mets another solid outing, giving up
three runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings. He walked one and
struck out three."I put it on my shoulders a little bit,'' Bacsik said. "We're in a bad stretch here and I tried to do everything possible to get a win. It just didn't work out.''New York has been outscored 54-20 during its recent drought, but by just 9-3 in the past four games.Raul Gonzalez continues to impress for the Mets going 2-for-4 in his second straight game since being acquired from Cincinnati.Rey Ordonez gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second when he
singled home Jeromy Burnitz, who doubled to open the inning.Jensen did not allow a runner past second base the rest of the way.The Giants tied the score in the fourth. Jeff Kent, moved to No. 4 in the order behind Barry Bonds, and Rich Aurilia each singled to lead off the inning. Tsuyoshi Shinjo, who played for the Mets last year, hit a two-out single to score Kent.In the fifth, Ramon Martinez tripled, his second of the season, and scored when Bonds grounded out to Roberto Alomar at second.Damon Minor, pinch hitting for Jensen, hit a sacrifice fly to score Shinjo in the sixth.
Mets RHP Grant Roberts, on the DL with tendinitis in his
right shoulder, began throwing on the side Thursday after taking a
cortisone shot on Sunday. ... Giants OF Reggie Sanders, still feeling the effects of food poisoning, was scratched from the starting lineup. He missed his third straight game. ... The Mets are 3-17 in August. Their worst month ever was a 4-25 mark in July 1963. ... Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Babe Ruth's grandson Tom Stevens are expected, on Friday, to help celebrate Bonds' 600th home run. Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda are also scheduled to appear.