The Mets seem to be putting that horrible July behind them, taking their second straight game from the first place Giants to win three out of four in San Francisco.
You couldn’t ask for a better start of a game, and all with two outs. Barry Zito walked David Wright and Scott Hairston, and hit Daniel Murphy to load the bases. Jason Bay, of all people, singled to plate two runs. Then Ronny Cedeno hit a ball to left that Melky Cabrera seemed to chase down, but it bounced off of his glove. Cedeno was credited with a two-run double, but it should have been an error. Either way, the Mets had a 4-0 lead.
The Mets made it 5-0 in the second when Wright singled to drive in Andres Torres, who had doubled with two outs.
The Giants broke through against Chris Young in the fourth. Cabrera led off the inning with a triple, and he came on to score on a Hunter Pence sacrifice fly.
Torres led off the fifth with a single. Hairston singled, and Murphy followed with a single of his own to score Torres to make it 6-1. That chased Zito from the game. With two outs against Shane Loux, Cedeno hit a flare to center that fell in to score Hairston. 7-1 Mets.
Cedeno doubled home two more runs in the seventh to make it 9-1. Cedeno had three hits and five RBIs on the day.
Chris Young was extremely effective. He went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Mets win 9-1. So they are now 5-3 on this West coast swing heading to their final stop, with three games against the lowly Padres. Considering how they were stumbling before taking to the road, the Mets have performed very well on what are always difficult trips.