The San Francisco Giants picked up a rocky Tim Hudson, coming from behind twice to beat the Mets 4-3 and take the series three games to one.
The Mets got to Hudson right away when Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the first with a walk before Daniel Murphy homered to right. The Giants offense got those two runs back for him in the third as the big guys got it done. Hunter Pence doubled, Buster Posey walked, and Pablo Sandoval doubled them both home. The game stayed tied for two more innings, as both teams, especially the Giants, put on a show defensively. Gregor Blanco’s bullet to Sandoval to get Juan Lagares out at third in the second and Juan Perez’s running catch to rob Murphy of extra bases in the third kept it 2-2.
But then came the fifth, and New York tagged Hudson for another run. With two outs, it was Murphy again who singled. With David Wright batting, Murphy stole second and took third when Posey’s throw went into centerfield. The Mets took the lead on Wright’s infield single.
In the seventh against Jeurys Familia (5-4), Pence got the offense rolling again when he led off with a triple and walks to Blanco and Posey loaded the bases with no one out. Pence’s hustle continues to aid the Giants, as he came home to tie the game on a wild pitch. But that’d be the only run San Francisco could scratch across, as Sandoval singled but Lagares exacted revenge on Blanco by throwing him out at home. Brandon Belt hit into a double play to end the inning.
That third run meant that Hudson was off the hook for yet another tough-luck loss. It wasn’t his sharpest outing, but the Giants right hander managed five innings of seven-hit ball, allowing three runs, two of them earned, two walks, and two strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches, 59 strikes.
The San Francisco bullpen was once again outstanding, keeping the game tied. Juan Gutierrez, Javier Lopez, and Sergio Romo (5-3) threw three innings, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out two, allowing for ninth-inning heroics for the offense.
With two outs, Blanco led off with a single, and Posey took his fourth walk of the day, setting the stage for Sandoval yet again. He delivered, knocking a double right down the line in left field to give the Giants a 4-3 lead and the win. Santiago Casilla pitched a one-two-three bottom of the ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.
With all the walks to Posey, Sandoval made the Mets pay, delivering his third hit of the day following a Posey walk. His three RBIs on the day tied him with Pence and Michael Morse with 49 on the year.
His ninth-inning single allow the Giants to have a happy flight on their way to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers. Tim Lincecum (9-7, 4.21) will take on Jimmy Nelson (1-2, 4.30).