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No-hit for 5 innings, SF Giants still find a way to beat Mets

Evan Webeck, The Mercury News on

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NEW YORK — Held hitless for five innings, looking hapless for the better part of Saturday afternoon’s matinee, of course the Giants still found a way to claw their way to extra innings and pull out another comeback win.

That is, after all, about all they have done this week.

Trailing after the seventh inning for the fourth consecutive game, the Giants pulled out an incredulous fourth consecutive comeback win, 7-2, over the Mets in 10 innings and achieved something almost as unbelievable, guaranteeing they will return home Monday holding no worse than a .500 record.

After erasing deficits of at least four runs the past three days, the 2-1 hole they faced after Sean Hjelle served up a solo shot to Brett Baty in the seventh inning might not have seemed like much to overcome. But after being held hitless by Luis Severino for five innings, it wasn’t clear whether the Giants’ magic had run out.

As fans streamed for the exits in the top of the 10th, many of the 32,971 on hand apparently came to terms that it had not.

Pinch-hitting on a bum hamstring, LaMonte Wade Jr. tied the score in the top of the ninth with a line-drive into right field that brought home Ryan McKenna, in the game as a pinch-runner for Wilmer Flores, who led off the inning with a single, and Brett Wisely knocked in their automatic runner to begin extra innings with his third hit of the game.

 

The Giants piled on for five runs in the 10th, with Mike Yastrzemski delivering the knockout blow on a bases-clearing triple off left-hander Josh Walker. Each of their wins on their season-long four-game streak have featured rallies of at least four runs in the eighth inning or later.

It wouldn’t have been possible without the clutch knock from Wade an inning earlier, though it might have come at a cost.

Wade was thrown out trying for second base and may have aggravated his hamstring in the process. Before the game, manager Bob Melvin said Wade “stretched his hammy” while reeling in two throws in the ninth inning the previous night but considered the issue to be “minor.”

For as successful as the Giants have been recently upon forcing starting pitchers from the game, that didn’t appear to factor into their plan of attack against Severino, who held them hitless for five innings and needed only 36 pitches to make it through the first four frames.

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