Mets 11, Giants 9, 12 innings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Dustan Mohr sat in front of his locker with his head buried in his hands. Even in a new ballpark, right field in San Francisco remains treacherous territory.
Mohr allowed two runs to score when he dropped a fly ball in the 12th inning, and the New York Mets overcame a shaky return by Tom Glavine and a team-record six double plays to beat the Giants 11-9 Saturday.
“This is a big letdown for me personally and for the team, when it looks like we’re out of the inning and I miss the ball,” Mohr said.
The game featured a major league-record 10 double plays, plus 16 walks and three errors. But the biggest mistake was made by Mohr.
“It hit me right in the palm of the glove,” he said. “This has never happened before. I just missed it. I thought I had it and just misjudged it. There’s no reason for it, I just flat missed it.”
Just when it looked as if Giants reliever Kevin Correia (0-1) was going to pitch his way out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam with help from a sharp double play by first baseman Pedro Feliz and catcher Yorvit Torrealba, Mohr’s gaffe gave New York the win.
“This is the biggest baseball battle that I’ve been in,” said Mets rookie third baseman David Wright, who had a career-high four hits. “It’s amazing when we have almost 20 hits, they have 15 hits and you win a game on a dropped fly ball. That sun was very tough. It started at third and went over to right field by the end of the game, and it was a very tough sun and a very tough play and that’s how the game is.”
After the first three Mets reached in the 12th, Jeff Keppinger hit a grounder to Feliz, who stepped on first and threw home. Torrealba caught the ball and withstood a collision with Wright for the double play.
After a walk to pinch-hitter Gerald Williams, Todd Zeile hit a routine fly to right field. Mohr appeared to have trouble with the late-afternoon sun and the ball ticked off his glove for an error. Two runs scored on the play and Zeile was caught in a rundown for the third out.
“It brings back some bad memories of a ball that was dropped last year in the playoffs,” San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said, referring to a blunder by ex-Giant Jose Cruz Jr. “We know that balls in that corner have caused some problems before. It wasn’t easy, it was towering.”
The Giants used to play at Candlestick Park, where right field was very difficult for outfielders—but more because of the unpredictable winds.
Mike Stanton (2-5) pitched one inning for the win and Bartolome Fortunato got three outs for his first career save, getting Marquis Grissom on a double-play grounder to end the game with Barry Bonds on deck.
Bonds went 4-for-4 with two walks and three runs for the Giants, who lost for just the second time in 10 games.
“It was just a crazy game,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “Never a dull moment, that’s for sure.”
Glavine, pitching with temporary front teeth after the taxi he was riding in got into a crash Aug. 10, was not sharp at all. He threw just 50 of 110 pitches for strikes and walked a season-high six, but the Mets’ hitters did more than enough to overcome his wild five innings.
“I tried not to give in to the fact that I knew I did not have good command, just keep trying to execute that one pitch to get somebody out with, so that part was good,” Glavine said. “When all is said and done, to go out there and pitch and throw more balls than strikes and you still have a chance to win the game and you ultimately win the game, I guess I’ve got to take some satisfaction out of that.”
Wright had four hits and scored three runs, and Cliff Floyd hit a three-run homer into McCovey Cove for the Mets, who blew three late leads.
Glavine left with a 7-5 lead, but the Giants tied it in the sixth when Bonds hit an RBI double and scored on Mohr’s single.
Braden Looper then blew a lead in the 10th after the Mets went back ahead on Jason Phillips’ RBI single. Looper gave up singles to Grissom and Bonds to open the inning and San Francisco tied it on Edgardo Alfonzo’s double-play grounder.
Glavine got off to a rough start, falling behind 2-0 in the first inning when Alfonzo doubled in a run.
Glavine pitched to Bonds in the third and that didn’t work out either. Bonds hit a shot off the right-field wall that bounced away from Richard Hidalgo, giving Bonds his first triple of the year. He scored on Alfonzo’s line single off second baseman Danny Garcia’s glove.
The Mets scored two in the fourth on Mike Cameron’s RBI single and a double-play grounder by Wright.
Alfonzo went 1-for-2 after Bonds’ walks, making Giants batters 11-for-25 with 12 RBIs since Aug. 5 in those situations. … Glavine has one win in his last 11 starts. … Floyd’s homer was the seventh by a Giants opponent to land in McCovey Cove. … Keppinger had his first career hit in the eighth inning. … The Mets issued three intentional walks—none to Bonds. … Giants SS Deivi Cruz had four hits, giving him 1,000 in his career.