By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Madison Bumgarner pitched seven neat innings,
Pablo Sandoval homered to match a team mark set by Willie Mays and
the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 7-2 Monday night
for a doubleheader sweep.
The Giants took the opener 6-1 as Tim Lincecum posted his first
win of the season despite another uneven performance.
Slightly over 1,000 fans bundled up in the stands when the
opener began on a windy, raw afternoon better suited for the Bay
Area. The crowd later picked up, but Citi Field was nearly empty
for the final out. A rainout Sunday forced the twinbill.
Sandoval hit a three-run homer in the first inning to back
Bumgarner. The burly slugger has a 16-game hitting streak, tying
the San Francisco record at the start of a season set by Mays in
1960, STATS LLC said.
Hector Sanchez later hit his first big league homer, a two-run
Bumgarner (3-1) allowed one run and three hits. He won his third
straight start, a streak that began shortly before the 22-year-old
lefty signed a $35.56 million, six-year contract.
New York loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against
Javier Lopez. But reliever Clay Hensley retired pinch-hitter
Jordany Valdespin on a popup _ on the first pitch he saw as a major
leaguer _ and struck out pinch-hitter Ike Davis looking.
Frustrated, Davis flung his bat and later threw his helmet. He
made a key error in the first game and went 0 for 4, striking out
twice, grounding into a double play and bouncing out with the bases
San Francisco won for the eighth time in 11 games and swept a
doubleheader from the Mets for the first time since 1997. Then
again, teams don’t play many doubleheaders anymore.
The Mets have lost five of six and dropped to .500 for the first
time this year.
Dillon Gee (1-2) gave up seven runs and a career-high 12 hits in
6 2-3 innings.
Both games were similar: Sandoval put San Francisco ahead for
good in the first inning, the Giants supported their starter with
two home runs, and they got plenty of pitching.
Nate Schierholtz and Buster Posey homered in the opener.
Schierholtz had six hits during the day, including two triples, and
stole a base.
Battered in his first three starts, Lincecum (1-2) allowed one
run in five innings and struck out eight, often throwing his
fastball past the Mets. The two-time Cy Young Award winner also
walked five and gave up four hits in lowering his ERA from 10.54 to
Lincecum got help on his 108th and final pitch. With the bases
loaded, one out and the Giants ahead by five runs, Davis hit a
grounder up the middle. Second baseman Emmanuel Burris stopped the
ball and made a backhanded flip with his glove to shortstop Brandon
Crawford, who barehanded the toss and turned a terrific double
Miguel Batista (0-1) lasted 3 2-3 innings in a spot start. The
41-year-old righty began the game by pitching out of the stretch _
fittingly, the Giants had runners on base against him all day.
Sandoval hit an RBI single in the first, but was thrown out
trying to stretch it into a double. Posey followed with his home
Schierholtz hit a three-run homer in the third, set up by Davis’
error at first base with two outs and none on.
NOTES: Marlins SS Jose Reyes makes his return to Citi Field on
Tuesday night when Miami visits the Mets. “He was a dynamic,
exciting player for us. I think he deserves a warm reception from
our fans,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. “I hope he gets a good
reception.” … Johan Santana (0-2, 3.97 ERA), pushed back a day
by the rainout, starts for the Mets on Tuesday against Marlins ace
Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.94). … Matt Cain (1-0, 1.88) starts for the
Giants on Tuesday night at Cincinnati. … Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez
(dislocated right shoulder) begins a rehab assignment Monday night
for Class-A San Jose. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team had
mapped out an 18-day rehab for Sanchez. … Giants 1B Aubrey Huff
did not play in either game. He’s in a slump, and also had a key
defensive lapse Saturday while playing 2B for the first time in his
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