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Mets Waste a Solid Steven Matz Start in Extra Innings Loss

SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Yastrzemski homered with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory over the Mets on Sunday.

The Giants had not had a hit since the fourth, when Yastrzemski lofted a full-count pitch from Robert Gsellman (1-2) the other way into the left-center stands. Yastrzemski is the grandson of the Hall of Fame slugger Carl Yastrzemski.

Buster Posey had two hits and scored twice to help the surging Giants (50-50) get back to .500 with their 15th win in 18 games. San Francisco took three of four from the Mets for its first series win over them since 2014. All three wins came in extra innings.

Zach Green added two singles in his major league debut for the Giants.

Michael Conforto homered into McCovey Cove for the Mets. Amed Rosario also went deep, but the Mets managed only two hits over the final 10 innings. Todd Frazier struck out swinging four times before reaching on an infield single in the 12th.

Trevor Gott (6-0) retired three batters for the win.

Both teams were frustrated with the strike zone of the plate umpire Mark Ripperger.

Pete Alonso, the Mets’ rookie slugger, snapped a bat over his leg after striking out swinging. Giants center fielder Kevin Pillar had to be restrained by teammates and was ejected for chirping at Ripperger after grounding out to end the eighth.

Mets starter Steven Matz allowed six hits and two runs in six innings with six strikeouts and one walk. Winless since June 8, Matz retired the last six batters he faced — including the final three by strikeout.

Giants starter Conner Menez had six strikeouts and allowed three hits and two runs in five innings of his major league debut. Menez, a 24-year-old left-hander, struck out the side in the third.

Before he was ejected, Pillar delivered another in a long line of defensive gems when he raced in and made a sliding catch on a short fly ball from Alonso in the first inning, then jumped to his feet and threw out J. D. Davis as he tried to take third. Davis had doubled one batter earlier.

Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil was shaken up when he crashed into the padded right field wall in foul territory after making a running catch on a deep fly by Donovan Solano to end the seventh. McNeil slammed into the wall and immediately fell to the dirt before getting up and jogging slowly to the dugout.

Source: NYT

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