July 8, 2013: Mets Defeat Giants in 16 Innings

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Date: July 8, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 4
Giants: 3
Winning pitcher: Josh Edgin
Key player(s): John Buck, Brandon Crawford, Eric Young
Key play: Crawford’s error in 16th

The Mets faced the Giants in a Monday night in San Francisco. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. In 16 innings, the Mets came away with a 4-3 win.

Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum struck out the side in order in the top of the first. Marco Scutaro singled against the Mets’ Matt Harvey with one out in the bottom half. Brandon Belt flied out to center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and a two-run homer by Buster Posey followed. Harvey then struck out Pablo Sandoval to end the inning.

Harvey and Lincecum each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Marlon Byrd singled for the Mets’ first hit to lead off the top of the fifth. Nieuwenhuis went down on strikes and John Buck doubled to score Byrd. Omar Quintanilla took a called third strike and Lincecum got Harvey on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Sandoval. Matt then set down the Giants in order in the bottom half.

Eric Young hit a leadoff triple in the top of the sixth. Daniel Murphy followed with a single to bring home Young with the tying run. David Wright hit a single on which second baseman Scutaro made an error that allowed Murphy to go to third base. Ike Davis followed with a double play grounder to Scutaro on which Murphy scored for a 3-2 New York lead. Byrd tripled and Lincecum struck out Nieuwenhuis to finish off the inning. Harvey then gave up just a single to Posey in the bottom half.

Lincecum hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Hunter Pence hit a triple to open the bottom of the inning. Brandon Crawford singled to score Pence and tie the game. Andres Torres’ sacrifice bunt sent Crawford to second base and pinch-hitter Tony Abreu was struck out. Harvey then got Gregor Blanco to ground out to first baseman Davis and end the inning.

San Francisco reliever Jeremy Affeldt pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. The Mets’ Carlos Torres retired the side in order in the bottom half. Affeldt retired Davis on a fly ball to left fielder Andres Torres to begin the top of the ninth. Sergio Romo came in to pitch for the Giants and recorded a strikeout of Byrd. Romo got Nieuwenhuis on a line drive to right fielder Pence to close out the inning. Carlos Torres then yielded only a single to Crawford in the bottom half to send the game onward.

Romo and San Francisco reliever Jose Mijares combined for a perfect top of the 10th. For New York, reliever David Aardsma set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. Wright drew a two-out walk against the Giants’ Sandy Rosario in the top of the 11th. Davis singled to send Wright to third base and stole second. Byrd followed with a ground ball on which shortstop Crawford made an outstanding play for the final out of the inning and Posey doubled against Aardsma with one out in the bottom half. Sandoval was given an intentional walk and Pence lined out to right fielder Byrd. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice then got Crawford on a fly ball to Nieuwenhuis to finish off the inning.

Giants’ reliever Jake Dunning pitched a scoreless top of the 12th. Blanco and Scutaro got back-to-back singles against New York’s Greg Burke with two outs in the bottom half. Burke struck out Belt to end the inning and Dunning retired the Mets in order in the top of the 13th. Sandoval hit a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez fouled out to third baseman Wright and a double by Crawford followed. Andres Torres was walked intentionally to load the bases. Burke then got Cole Gillispie on a force play ground ball to shortstop Quintanilla for the inning’s final out.

San Francisco reliever George Kontos set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the top of the 14th. The Mets’ Josh Edgin gave up only a single to Scutaro in the bottom half and Kontos hurled a perfect top of the 15th. Sandoval was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the inning. Kontos’s sacrifice bunt moved Sandoval to second base and Crawford drew a walk. Andres Torres hit a force play grounder to Wright (sending Sandoval to third) and advanced to second on defensive indifference. Gillespie was given an intentional walk that loaded the bases. Edgin then got Blanco to ground out to first baseman Josh Satin and end the inning.

Young hit a single against Kontos with one out in the top of the 16th. Eric stole second base and advanced to third on Murphy’s ground out to Scutaro. Javier Lopez came in to pitch for the Giants and issued an intentional walk to Wright. Pinch-hitter Anthony Recker followed with a ground ball on which Crawford made an error that allowed Young to score and put the Mets ahead by a run. Lopez then got Byrd to hit a force play grounder to Sandoval for the inning’s third out.

Scutaro drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell to lead off the bottom of the 16th. Belt went down on strikes and Posey singled to center field. Sandoval was struck out and Parnell got pinch-hitter Guillermo Quiroz on a force play ground ball to Wright that ended the game. The Mets had begun the series with a long-awaited victory.