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Giants top Mets in extra innings

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.

About Rich Mancuso

Established sports journalist and educator. Published frequently on various sports web sites and publications. Graduate of City College of New York. Been writing and broadcasting as a professional for 28 years. Specialize in coverage of pro boxing, Major League Baseball. Baseball editor and writer covering the New York Mets for and Previous writer for the Associated press. Broadcaster of pro wrestling on WFAN sports radio in New York City. Bronxnet, Sportschannel New York and News 12 Bronx. Currently still resides in the Bronx and coordinates editing and writing of web site. Also an award winning writer and educator of journalism of literature and journalism courses on the high school and college level. "Keep It In The Rng" - was established 20 years ago. It is the slogan established on WFAN by Mancuso and continued over the years with a newsletter and with boxing coverage. It was the closing tag that Mancuso used when he closed his wrestling program on the FAN with Jodi McDonald.
  • Josesena1993

     Good to see the mets bullpen doing way better than last year. That was a huge problem last year as the mets will have the lead and than losse as a cause of the bullpen hopefully this is our season.

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