Giants 4, Mets 3(10)

Jeremy Affeldt watched San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy walk

from the dugout to the mound, over and over again.

”He got his cardio in. He did a lot of trips,” the reliever

said.

With All-Star closer Brian Wilson out for the season following

elbow surgery, Bochy used six relievers in a 10-inning thriller

Friday night. Clay Hensley came in and escaped a two-on, none-out

jam in the 10th to preserve a 4-3 victory over the New York

Mets.

Hector Sanchez tagged out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to prevent the Mets

from winning in the ninth, then singled home the go-ahead run off

Frank Francisco (0-1) in the 10th.

”This is going to be a gut-check for us,” said Giants starter

Barry Zito, who got out of his own bases-loaded trouble in the

fifth. ”We’ve got studs down there in the `pen, and they’re ready

for the challenge.”

Bochy used 20 of 24 available players and made three

double-switches – two in the ninth and one in the 10th.

”That would have been a tough one to lose,” he said.

San Francisco took a 3-0 lead in the third when Angel Pagan

homered in his return to New York, Buster Posey hit an RBI double

and Jonathon Niese threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

New York’s first two hits off Zito were both home runs, by Jason

Bay in the fourth and Nieuwenhuis in the fifth, which made the

rookie the first Mets left-handed hitter to clear the left-field

wall at Citi Field. It took 250 games and 4,155 at-bats, according

to STATS LLC. And it took reconfigured dimensions, too.

Guillermo Mota and Affeldt followed Zito and retired nine

straight batters. But Bay reached on an infield hit to deep

shortstop off Santiago Casilla leading off the ninth. Javier Lopez

came in and got pinch-hitter Lucas Duda to fly to right, then Lopez

threw a wild pitch, Nieuwenhuis walked and Josh Thole singled to

right to drive in the tying run.

Sergio Romo (1-0) relieved with runners at the corners and, with

the infield in, pinch-hitter Mike Baxter hit a grounder to first

baseman Brandon Belt, who threw home in time for Sanchez to tag

Nieuwenhuis. Romo then struck out Ruben Tejada.

”We had the opportunity to win several times,” Mets manager

Terry Collins said.

Then in the 10th, Francisco walked Melky Cabrera on four pitches

leading off, and with one out Cabrera stole second on a pitchout.

After Gregor Blanco flied out, Nate Schierholtz was intentionally

walked and Sanchez singled to shallow center. It was a rare key hit

for the Giants, who went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position

through nine innings and 2 for 14 overall, leaving them with a .195

RISP average for the season (26 for 133).

Bochy had left Sanchez in the game in the ninth when he could

have moved Posey from first to behind the plate. But he liked the

way Sanchez was catching.

”He trusts me,” Sanchez said. ”This is great for me.”

But the Giants didn’t make it easy on themselves.

Daniel Murphy and David Wright singled to start the 10th,

Hensley relieved in the final double switch and Ike Davis advanced

the runners with a groundout.

With the infield in, Hensley struck out Bay.

”I really didn’t want to give him anything to hit, because the

base was open, but at the same time, they did have a lefty coming

up,” Hensley said.

Duda fouled off four straight pitches, took two, then flied out

as Hensley got his first save since Oct. 3, 2010, for Florida.

”I was pretty fired up,” said Hensley, a 32-year-old

right-hander. ”Those are things I think I’ve learned in the past,

that you’ve got to breathe and just kind of let your stuff work for

itself and try to let the situation kind of take hold of you.”

NOTES: Posey singled and hit an RBI double in his first two

plate appearances for San Francisco, giving him nine hits in a span

of 14 at-bats. Posey was retired in his next two at-bats. … Zito

allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, leaving him with a

1.71 ERA. He retired Davis on a popup to end the fifth. … San

Francisco won its third straight and sent the Mets to their third

consecutive loss. … Wilson had elbow ligament replacement surgery

Thursday. Dr. James Andrews operated on Wilson, as he did when the

right-hander was at LSU in 2003. ”It went great,” Bochy said.

”He’s starting his rehab, which is a long road he’ll go down, but

he’s been down it before and he knows what’s ahead of him.” …

INF Ryan Theriot missed the team flight Thursday because he was

sick. Bochy expects him to arrive in New York on Saturday. … 2B

Freddy Sanchez (right shoulder) worked out in Arizona but wasn’t

ready to start a rehab assignment. … Pedro Sandoval extended his

hitting streak at the start of the season to 13 games.