Series: Game 2 of 3

NY Mets leads 2-0 (as of 7/9)

Game 1: Monday, July 8
NY Mets4Final
in 16
San Francisco3
Game 2: Tuesday, July 9
NY Mets10Final
San Francisco6
Game 3: Wednesday, July 10
NY Mets7Final
San Francisco2

Mets 10

(39-48, 22-21 away)

Giants 6

(40-49, 25-19 home)

    10:15 PM ET, July 9, 2013

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

    123456789 R H E
    NYM 000302050 10 12 2
    SF 020011101 6 13 0

    W: S. Rice (4-5)

    L: J. Mijares (0-2)

    Mets-Giants Preview


    While he's pitched well lately, Dillon Gee's only start against the San Francisco Giants was hardly one to remember.

    The New York Mets right-hander will seek a better performance Tuesday night while trying to add to the Giants' recent woes.

    Gee (6-7, 4.45 ERA) is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last seven starts and has totaled 47 strikeouts and nine walks in 47 1/3 innings. He fanned seven and gave up two runs over seven innings Thursday against Arizona, but the Mets lost 5-4 in 15 innings.

    Gee wasn't nearly as effective against San Francisco on April 23, 2012, allowing seven runs and a career-high 12 hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 7-2 home loss. The Giants (40-48), though, don't appear poised to duplicate that effort.

    They enter this game having batted .197 during a 2-12 stretch and fell 4-3 in 16 innings in Monday's series opener.

    The Mets (38-48) ended their third game of 13 or more innings this month -- and fifth this season -- after Brandon Crawford's two-out error scored Eric Young.

    "I've never heard of anything like this. It's unbelievable," manager Terry Collins said of his team's propensity for extra innings. "At least we're used to it."

    Buster Posey had a career-high five hits for San Francisco, but Brandon Belt, hitting .136 in his last five games, went 0 for 8 with five strikeouts. Pablo Sandoval is 4 for 47 (.085) in his last 12 contests, and Hunter Pence is 3 for 42 (.071) in his past 11.

    "There's frustration," Pence said. "We want to stay as positive as we can right now. We've got to get it done. We've got to keep pushing to find a way to turn it around."

    Barry Zito (4-6, 4.44) will try to give his team a much-needed boost by snapping a three-game losing streak. The left-hander has given up two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts but only pitched four-plus innings in his latest outing, a 3-2 loss in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

    "I put (the team) in a tough situation by only going four innings. My pitch count was high. I have to start getting more action in three pitches. I've got too deep in counts," said Zito, who threw 88 pitches.

    Zito allowed one run in that game but was tagged for seven in 4 1/3 frames in his most recent start against the Mets on Aug. 2, a 9-1 loss in San Francisco. He was 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in his previous seven matchups.

    Pitching at home, though, has proved beneficial this season for Zito, who is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 10 starts there. He's 0-5 with a 9.38 ERA on the road.

    Gee is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in his last four road starts after going 1/3 with a 9.97 ERA in his first five this year. The Mets have also won their past three games in San Francisco.

    They haven't won four in a row in the series since an eight-game run June 3-May 16, 2009. New York is also seeking its first three-game win streak since claiming a season-best five in a row May 26-30.

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    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkSan Francisco
    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 106-46-4

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkSan Francisco
    D. Gee
    12-11, 3.62 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 vs MIL
    6.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss
    B. Zito
    5-11, 5.74 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at SF
    0.1 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkSan Francisco
    1. E. Young Jr., LF G. Blanco, CF
    2. D. Murphy, 2B K. Tanaka, LF
    3. D. Wright, 3B M. Scutaro, 2B
    4. M. Byrd, RF P. Sandoval, 3B
    5. J. Satin, 1B H. Pence, RF
    6. A. Brown, LF B. Belt, 1B
    7. A. Recker, C B. Crawford, SS
    8. O. Quintanilla, SS G. Quiroz, C
    9. D. Gee, P B. Zito, P

    Research Notes

    Marlon Byrd hit his 7th career grand slam and first since September 26, 2009. Byrd is having a great first half as he leads the team in RBI, tied for 1st in HR and is 3rd in runs scored. Only once in his previous 11 seasons has he lead his team in either RBI, HR or runs at the All-Star break. That was in 2010 when he led the Cubs in runs at the break (47) AND at the end of the season (84).

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