July 18, 2010: Davis Doubles in 10th
|Date: July 18, 2010|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Francisco Rodriguez|
|Key player(s): Ike Davis|
|Key play: Davis's double in 10th|
The Mets and Giants concluded a four-game series on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. After losing the first three games, the Mets had Johan Santana on the mound in an effort to avoid a sweep. Santana pitched well for eight innings, but it took a run-scoring double by Ike Davis to give the Mets a 4-3 victory and salvage a game in the series.
The Giants took a 1-0 lead against Santana in the bottom of the first inning. Freddy Sanchez got a one-out single and Aubrey Huff followed with another single on which Sanchez moved to third base. Buster Posey hit a sacrifice fly to score Sanchez for the first run of the game. Huff stole second base and Santana retired Pat Burrell on a ground ball to third baseman David Wright to end the inning.
After a scoreless second inning, the Mets came to bat against San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez in the top of the third. Ruben Tejada drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on Santana's infield grounder. A double by Angel Pagan scored Tejada to tie the game. Santana shut down the Giants in the bottom of the inning despite another pair of singles by Freddy Sanchez and Huff.
Wright homered to put the Mets ahead, 2-1, in the top of the fourth inning. The Giants failed to score in the bottom half. The teams combined for five hits, but no runs, over the next two innings. Santana and Jonathan Sanchez then pitched perfectly in the seventh.
Chris Ray came in to pitch for San Francisco in the top of the eighth inning. With one out, he gave up a double to Justin Turner and issued a walk to Wright. Jason Bay popped out and Davis followed with a double to bring home Turner. Reliever Denny Bautista hit Jeff Francoeur with a pitch to load the bases for the Mets. He then got Henry Blanco on a pop-up to catcher Eli Whiteside for the final out of the inning.
Santana retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning. San Francisco's Guillermo Mota did the same in the top of the ninth. Francisco Rodriguez then came in to pitch for the Mets in the bottom of the inning.
Rodriguez walked Pablo Sandoval and gave up a single to Juan Uribe to begin the last half of the ninth. Whiteside's sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Edgar Renteria to third and Uribe to second. Pinch-hitting for Mota, Travis Ishikawa delivered a two-run single to tie the game at 3-3. Ishikawa went to third on a double by Andres Torres, but was thrown out at home by Wright on Freddy Sanchez's ground ball. Rodriguez then retired Huff to send the game into extra innings.
Giants' reliever Brian Wilson set down the first two Met batters in the top of the tenth. Bay followed with a single and Davis stepped up to the plate. Ike doubled to score Jason from first base and give the Mets a one-run lead. Wilson then got Francoeur on strikes for third out of the inning.
Renteria doubled with two out in the bottom of the tenth. Uribe was walked intentionally, putting winning run on base for San Francisco. Rodriguez then struck out Whiteside to end the game. The Mets had gotten a win and prevented a Giant sweep of the series.