Giants observations: Alex Cobb injured, Mets win 5-4 in 10 innings

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What we learned as Giants lose Cobb to injury, Game 1 to Mets originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

NEW YORK -- The Giants and New York Mets waited an extra day for their first meeting of the year and an extra inning to decide it. In the bottom of the 10th, the Mets won it.

Francisco Lindor's walk-off single to right-center gave the Mets a 5-4 win in a game that featured plenty of drama, including earlier in the inning. It appeared the Giants scored the go-ahead run on an error in the top of the 10th, but a lengthy review overturned a close call at first and ended the top half of the inning.

Lindor's single brought the free baserunner home a few minutes later, handing the Giants just their third loss of the season. 
The Giants were cruising until the fifth, when the wheels came off in the span of about 10 minutes. The Mets tucked back-to-back doubles inside the lines to cut their deficit to one and Alex Cobb injured his right groin on the second one.

Dominic Leone took over for Cobb and Francisco Lindor dug out a low cutter for another double, tying the game.

The Giants left two runners in scoring position in the eighth, but Tyler Rogers was dominant in the other half, getting two weak grounders and a strikeout from the heart of New York's order to send it to the ninth.

The Giants used their frontline relievers in the first game of a doubleheader, and it was going well until closer Camilo Doval got into the game. Doval walked Eduardo Escobar to open the bottom of the ninth before walking Robinson Cano on four pitches. After a lengthy mound visit, Doval settled down and ended the inning with a pair of nasty strikeouts, sending the teams to extras.

They're No Longer Going Streaking

Giants starting pitchers had gone nine straight games without allowing more than two runs, the longest season-opening streak in franchise history. The streak ended in the fifth when back-to-back well-placed doubles cut the score from 4-1 to 4-3.

Cobb was charged with four runs -- three of them earned -- in 4 1/3 innings, although he pitched a lot better than the line. Of the six hits Cobb allowed, five were balls on the ground that found holes, including a bunt single and infield single. Neither of the doubles in the fifth were hit more than 90 mph, but one hit the third base bag and the two-run double snuck just inside the first base line.

Another run scored on a sequence that went single, stolen base, error, wild pitch.

After the first inning, Cobb didn't allow a ball into the air, but that meant a lot of time running to cover first and he appeared to pay for it in the fifth. As he broke from the mound on a two-run double, Cobb grabbed at his groin. That ended up being his final pitch.

Balance In The Big Apple

Hard-throwing right-hander Tylor Megill has looked like a budding star this season and entered the game with 10 1/3 scoreless innings and a streak of 16 1/3 scoreless going back to last season. The Giants put four runs on his line with their most balanced attack of the season.

Seven different hitters reached base in the first three innings and eight of nine reached in Megill's six innings. Joc Pederson's solo shot to dead center tied it in the second and three straight singles by Thairo Estrada, Steven Duggar and Jason Vosler brought another run home.

Brandon Crawford's two-out single in the third scored two more.

Welcome Back

Vosler took Luke Williams' roster spot before the game. The reports that Gabe Kapler got from Triple-A said Vosler was turning a corner with the bat, and he picked up hits in his first two at-bats back in the big leagues.

Vosler singled in the second to give the Giants the lead and hit a one-out double in the fourth. The rest of his day didn't go as well, as he struck out twice, including with the go-ahead run on third in the eighth.

The Giants will be without Evan Longoria for a few more weeks and they're getting good contributions from the young options at third. Vosler and Williams are a combined 4-for-9 with four RBI.

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