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Giants rally for fifth win in row, sweep Mets

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The sellout crowd of 41,911 at AT&T Park was barely settled in Sunday afternoon when right fielder Curtis Granderson crushed a two-run homer off Tim Linceum in the first inning, giving the New York Mets a 2-0 lead over the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants, however, had the Mets right where they wanted them.

Lincecum allowed three runs over six innings, center fielder Gregor Blanco drove in three runs, and San Francisco captured its fifth consecutive come-from-behind victory, beating New York 6-4 to sweep the three-game series.

The Giants improved to a major-league-best 42-21, while the Mets (28-35) lost their season-high sixth straight.

"We do have confidence," Blanco said. "Anytime we see ourselves losing that game, for some reason we just step it up. For some reason we get mad and things start happening."

Lincecum (5-4) improved to 6-1 in his career against the Mets, beating them for the sixth straight time. He struck out six and walked one, bouncing back from his worst start of the season, Tuesday at Cincinnati, where he gave up eight runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.

The Giants remained 9 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, and they are a season-high 21 games above .500.

"I can't really think of a time (in the regular season) when we were as good as we are now," said Lincecum, who was part of two World Series championship teams in San Francisco. "We're going to ride it out, ride the wave and just keep producing."

Granderson hit two home runs off Lincecum, his two-run shot to center field in the first and a solo shot in the sixth that cleared the right field seats and splashed down in McCovey Cove. The Mets right fielder went 3-for-4. New York second baseman Daniel Murphy also went 3-for-4, and he scored twice.

"They don't have any quit in them," Granderson said of the Giants. "They continue to fight for 27 outs. Anyone in that lineup can hurt you."

Blanco went 2-for-4 with a two-run double, while Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in a run.

Giants right-hander Sergio Romo notched his 20th save, retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth.

Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler (2-6) had his shortest outing of the season, lasting just 3 2/3 innings. Wheeler allowed four runs on six hits, struck out six and walked two in his third career start against the Giants, who traded him to the Mets on July 8, 2011, for outfielder Carlos Beltran.

"He wasn't as sharp as he has been," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Wheeler. "His command of the fastball was not there. When he has his fastball, he's dynamic."

The Mets grabbed a 2-0 in the top of the first when Granderson crushed Lincecum's 3-0 fastball for a two-run blast. Lincecum admitted he had thoughts of here-I-go-again, but only for an instant.

"You got to bounce back and not let that bury you in a hole," Lincecum said. "You got a lot more game to go, and it's your job to keep your team in the game."

The Giants took the lead for good with three runs in the second. Catcher Hector Sanchez hit a leadoff single, moved to second on left fielder Tyler Colvin's single and scored on Crawford's single. Blanco then roped a two-run double to right but was thrown out at third.

"He's really picked up his play," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Blanco, who started in place of Angel Pagan, who is nursing a sore right leg and got the day off. "He's done a great job of picking the club up when Angel needs a day."

San Francisco added a run in the third. Leading off, right fielder Hunter Pence took a 94 mph fastball in the ribs and jogged to first in pain. Pence raced to third on third baseman Pablo Sandoval's single and scored when first baseman Michael Morse hit into a double play.

Granderson cut the Giants' lead to 4-3 with his solo shot in the sixth, but San Francisco answered with a run in the seventh. Pinch hitter Ehire Adrianza led off with a bloop single off Carlos Torres, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Blanco's single.

The Mets scored a run in the eighth. Murphy singled with two outs, moved to third on Granderson's double and raced home on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the frame, Crawford doubled and scored on second baseman Brandon Hicks' single.

NOTES: Giants CF Angel Pagan sat out Sunday, one day after hurting his right leg while sliding into home plate to score the tying run in the ninth inning of a 5-4 win against the Mets. ... Mets 3B David Wright was out of the starting lineup Sunday for the first time this season, snapping his streak of 62 straight starts this year. He struck out as a seventh-inning pinch hitter. The Mets have an off day Monday, and manager Terry Collins said he wanted to give Wright an extended break.
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