Mets battle back, but lose in extras

The New York Mets rallied back from a three-run deficit to force extra innings, but fell short to the S.F. Giants on Friday night, dropping to 7-6 on the year. Frank Francisco walked Melky Cabrera on four-pitches to start the tenth, as the former Yankee stole second and came around to score the eventual game winning run on a Hector Sanchez single up the middle.  Daniel Murphy and David Wright each singled to start the bottom of the frame to give the Citi faithful a glimmer of hope.  The two advanced to second and third on a ground out off the bat of Ike Davis, but were stranded in scoring position as Jason Bay struck out before Lucas Duda flew out centerfield to end the game.

Jon Niese started for the Mets tonight, allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings of work:

Niese pitched his way in and out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning; inducing a line out to center before striking out Giants starter Barry Zito to end the frame unscathed.  The left-hander would not be so fortunate in the third. Former Met Angel Pagan started the inning with a solo homerun before two singles and a double plated the Giants second run of the frame.  With runners in scoring position, a wild pitch allowed Pablo Sandoval to score from third and give the Giants a 3-0 lead.  Niese did not have his best stuff on Friday evening, but was able to settle down and toss three scoreless innings before handing the ball over to the Mets pen.  Following the game, the 25-year-old starter spoke with reporters, saying:

Early on I couldn’t command my fastball. … I started using other pitches and it started working out. But, the defense was amazing and they really bailed me out of a lot of situations.”

SUNSHINE: Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 1-for-3 with a solo — opposite field — home run.  The homer was his first hit off a lefty this year and according to the broadcast booth, it was the first-ever opposite-field homerun by a Mets left-handed hitter in Citi Field history.  Nieuwenhuis also made a terrific, full-extension diving catch to end the eighth.

Your just trying to enjoy the team. Enjoy being a part of this group that we have. It’s an honor to be hear. With that said, there wasn’t really to much expectations, I was just excited to be here.”

JOSH THOLE: With his game tying single in the ninth, Thole has now reached base in each of his 12 games played:

METS OFFENSE:  Jason Bay collected two hits in five at-bats, including his third home run of the season:

LOOKING TO GET BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN: The Mets continue their four-game wrap around series with the Gaints tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 pm, when they send Mike Pelfrey to the mound to square off against Ryan Vogelsong.

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