NEW YORK—Hector Sanchez the San Francisco Giants catcher got the right pitch to hit in the tenth inning off New York Mets relief pitcher Frank Francisco that scored Melky Cabrera who had walked. That was a run that stood as the Giants took the first game of a three-game series over the Mets, 4-3, Friday evening at Citi Field.
The run came hours after Mets starter Jonathon Niese gave up three runs in six innings all in the third inning that began with leadoff solo home run from Angel Pagan. It was his first of the year to straight away center in his return to Citi Field since the trade that sent him to the Giants for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez.
It was the 16th home run for Pagan at Citi Field who had an on- and- off good and bad tenure in his four years with the Mets.
“I thought it was a double,” he jokingly said about the home run that may have been an extra base hit at Citi Field before the new configurations of the outfield fences. Regardless it was a good return to New York for Pagan who also said, “This park was pretty unfair to hitters. It is great they brought the fences in.
Jason Bay extended his hitting streak to six games with a fourth inning solo home run to left field, going 2-for -4. And the home run snapped the Giants scoreless streak at 17 consecutive innings off Giants starter Barry Zito who did not figure in the decision.
“When you play this team you better be ready to hit because they can pitch,” said Mets manager Terry Collins about the inability of his team to get runners home off a parade of Giants relievers out of the pen. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy is using a pen by committee to determine who can close games with the loss of closer Brian Wilson for the season due to arm surgery.
Game two of the series is Saturday afternoon with Mike Pelfrey getting the start for New York and looking for his first win of the season.