August 2, 2012: Cedeno's 5 RBIs Sink Giants

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Date: August 2, 2012
Mets starter: Chris Young
Mets: 9
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Chris Young
Key player(s): Ronny Cedeno, Jason Bay, Chris Young
Key play: Bay’s two-run single, Cedeno’s two-run double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Ronny Cedeno drove in five runs to lead the Mets to a 9-1 win.

David Wright drew a two-out walk against Giants’ starter Barry Zito in the top of the first inning. Scott Hairston drew a walk and Daniel Murphy was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jason Bay hit a single that scored Wright and Hairston for the first two runs of the game. Cedeno followed with a double to bring home Murphy and Bay for a 4-0 Mets lead. Zito retired Rob Johnson on an inning-ending force play ground ball to third baseman Marco Scutaro. Mets’ starter Chris Young then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Andres Torres doubled with two outs in the top of the second inning. An ensuing single by Wright plated Torres with the Mets’ fifth run and Hairston flied out to left fielder Melky Cabrera to end the inning. Young gave up only a triple to Brandon Belt in the bottom half. Zito and Young each retired the side in order in the third. The Mets were then set down 1-2-3 by Zito in the top of the fourth.

Cabrera hit a triple to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Hunter Pence followed with a sacrifice fly to score Cabrera and a fly ball by Hector Sanchez was caught by right fielder Hairston. Young struck out Angel Pagan to finish off the inning and Torres drew a walk to open the top of the fifth. Wright flied out to center fielder Pagan and a single by Hairston ensued. Murphy singled to drive home Torres with the Mets’ sixth run and San Francisco reliever Shane Loux threw a called third strike past Bay. Cedeno hit a single that plated Hairston and increased the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Loux got Johnson to ground out to second baseman Ryan Theriot and end the inning. Young then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

After a scoreless sixth, Wright drew a walk to begin the top of the seventh. Hairston hit a force play ground ball to Scutaro and a single by Murphy followed. Bay flied out to right fielder Pence to advance Hairston from second to third base. Cedeno hit a double to score Hairston and Murphy for the Mets’ eighth and ninth runs. Giants’ reliever Clay Hensley retired Johnson on a foul pop-up to first baseman Belt that closed out the inning. Young then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Hensley and the Mets’ Elvin Ramirez each pitched a scoreless eighth. In the top of the ninth, Hensley and San Francisco reliever Sergio Romo combined to strike out the side in shutting down New York. Ramon Ramirez retired pinch-hitter Brett Pill on a pop-up to shortstop Ruben Tejada to start the bottom of the inning. Cabrera grounded out to second baseman Cedeno and a walk to Pence followed. Ramon Ramirez then got Sanchez to fly out to Hairston and end the game. The Mets had a victory for their third win of the four-game series.