The Mets played another marathon Monday night into Tuesday morning, finally beating the Giants in 16 innings in San Francisco.
Matt Harvey got off to a rough start. A single and a Buster Posey homer put the Mets into an early 2-0 hole.
The Mets finally collected their first hit off of Tim Lincecum in the fifth when Marlon Byrd led off with a single. He scored on a John Buck double to cut the lead to 2-1.
Eric Young lead off the sixth with a triple. Daniel Murphy followed with a single to short left that Andres Torres could not catch as Young scored the tying run to make it 2-2. David Wright then hit a grounder to third. Pablo Sandoval flipped the ball to second but it was too late. Marco Scutaro then threw to first for some reason. It was wide and Murphy moved to third on the error. He scored when Ike Davis grounded into a double play to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. More defensive follies followed when center fielder Gregor Blanco turned a Byrd single into a triple, but he was stranded at third.
Hunter Pence led off the seventh inning off of Matt Harvey with a triple, missing a home run by inches. Brandon Crawford hit a pitch up the middle to tie the score at three. Crawford was sacrificed to second but Harvey got last next two outs to keep the game knotted.
Matt Harvey ended up throwing 121 pitches over seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with six strikeouts and a walk. This is Harvey’s 10th no decision in 19 starts.
The game remained tied through nine and it was on to extra innings. Wright walked with two outs and went to third when Davis singled. Davis stole second and Byrd hit a ball in the hole on which the shortstop Crawford made a great diving stop and strong throw to just get Byrd at first and keep it a tied game.
With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Posey hit a pop fly to short right. Murphy ran out and Byrd rushed in. Byrd slid to make the catch, but Murphy lunged for the ball, getting his glove on it. It fell to the ground and went for a double. Byrd might have had it if Murphy didn’t stick his glove out. Sandoval was intentionally walked. Pence hit a long drive to right that Byrd caught — too far for Murphy to get into the way. Scott Rice came on to get Crawford to pop out to end the inning.
Back-to-back two-out singles against Greg Burke put the potential winning run on second in the bottom of the 12th but Burke struck out Brandon Belt to end the inning.
With Burke still on the mound in the 13th, Sandoval singled with two outs. Crawford doubled to put Sandoval on third. Torres was intentionally walked to load the bases. Cole Gillespie grounded out to keep the game going.
The Giants left the bases loaded in the 15th as well.
Young made it to third base with two outs in the 16th. Wright was intentionally walked. Pinch hitter Anthony Recker hit an easy grounder to short but Crawford booted it, scoring Young to make it 4-3.
Bobby Parnell walked Scutaro to lead off the bottom of the 16th. With one out Posey singled to center. Scutaro stopped at second. Sandoval struck out for the second out. Guillermo Quiroz grounded out to end the game.
Mets win 4-3. The five and a half hour game ended at 3:40 am New York time.