Mets 4, Giants 2
The Sports Xchange
By Jerry Beach, The Sports Xchange
Mets 4, Giants 2
NEW YORK -- Right-hander Jacob deGrom carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday night, when the New York Mets ended Jake Peavy's perfect game bid by busting out for four runs in the seventh inning of a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.
The Mets (53-57) have won seven of their last 11 games. The Giants (59-51) had their two-game winning streak snapped as they scored three runs or less for the eighth time in 10 games.
DeGrom, who is 6-1 with a 1.52 ERA over his last eight starts, gave up the two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven. He allowed only the walk through 6 2/3 innings before Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval ended deGrom's bid for the second no-hitter in Mets history by lacing a clean double to left-center field.
Peavy was even better in pursuit of the Giants' fifth no-hitter since 2009. The right-hander, making his second start for the Giants, retired the first 19 batters on just 71 pitches before things fell apart in a hurry.
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy broke up the right-hander's bid for immortality by doubling over the head of left fielder Michael Morse, who appeared to make a bad read on the ball.
Third baseman David Wright singled before first baseman Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud lofted a sacrifice fly to score Murphy, center fielder Juan Lagares singled home Wright and shortstop Wilmer Flores doubled home two runs to complete the outburst.
It was the longest no-hit bid ever for Peavy, who struck out four over seven innings as he lost his 11th straight decision to fall to 1-11. He had three previous no-hit bids ended after 5 1/3 innings.
The Giants cut the deficit in half in the top of the eighth, when first baseman Brandon Belt -- who drew the walk in the fifth -- singled. One out later, centerfielder Juan Perez doubled and Travis Ishikawa, pinch-hitting for Peavy, followed with a two-run single past a diving Murphy.
DeGrom (6-5) was pulled to a standing ovation and right-hander Jeurys Familia preserved the lead by striking out right fielder Hunter Pence and retired shortstop Brandon Crawford on a fly to center.
Right-hander Jenrry Mejia earned his 16th save despite allowing two hits in the ninth.
Both deGrom and Peavy benefited from defensive gems in the first six innings. Lagares made a running catch to rob Belt in the second while left fielder Eric Young made a sliding catch of Sandoval's sinking liner in the fifth.
DeGrom initially seemed to record the game's first hit in the third, when he was ruled safe on a grounder to shortstop Brandon Crawford. But Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged the call and replay showed Crawford's throw beat deGrom by a hair.
In the sixth, Pence made a sliding catch of Flores' sinking liner.
NOTES: Before the game, the Giants activated 1B Brandon Belt from the 7-day concussion disabled list and optioned OF Jarrett Parker to Triple-A Fresno. Belt batted sixth Saturday in his first game action of any kind since he was hit in the head during batting practice July 19. ... Giants OF Angel Pagan (back strain), who has been out since June 15, was scheduled to play in his second rehab game Saturday for the Giants' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate. ... Mets RHP Jacob deGrom batted eighth for the fourth time in 15 big league starts. LF Eric Young has batted ninth each time deGrom has batted eighth. ... Mets RHP Jeremy Hefner (Tommy John surgery) made his fourth rehab start Friday, when he allowed two run in four innings for Single-A St. Lucie.
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