Giants 7, Mets 2

Madison Bumgarner watched how Tim Lincecum handled the New York

Mets’ hitters, and then did even better.

Bumgarner pitched seven neat innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to

match a team mark set by Willie Mays and the San Francisco Giants

beat the Mets 7-2 Monday night for a doubleheader sweep.

The Giants took the opener 6-1 as Lincecum posted his first win

of the season despite another uneven performance.

”It was a long day and a good day,” Bumgarner said.

Slightly over 1,000 fans bundled up in the stands when the

opener began on a windy, raw afternoon better suited for the Bay

Area. The crowd later picked up, but Citi Field was nearly empty

for the final out. A rainout Sunday forced the twinbill.

Sandoval hit a three-run homer in the first inning to back

Bumgarner. The burly slugger has a 16-game hitting streak, tying

the San Francisco record at the start of a season set by Mays in

1960, STATS LLC said.

”Willie Mays is one of the greatest,” Sandoval said.

”Everything’s going well.”

Hector Sanchez later hit his first big league homer, a two-run


Bumgarner (3-1) allowed one run and three hits. He won his third

straight start, a streak that began shortly before the 22-year-old

lefty signed a $35.56 million, six-year contract.

”I kind of liked watching hitters and seeing what they did

against Timmy,” Bumgarner said.

New York loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against

Javier Lopez. But reliever Clay Hensley retired pinch-hitter

Jordany Valdespin on a popup – on the first pitch he saw as a major

leaguer – and struck out pinch-hitter Ike Davis looking.

Frustrated, Davis flung his bat and later threw his helmet. He

made a key error in the first game and went 0 for 4, striking out

twice, grounding into a double play and bouncing out with the bases


San Francisco won for the eighth time in 11 games and swept a

doubleheader from the Mets for the first time since 1997. Then

again, teams don’t play many doubleheaders anymore.

The Mets have lost five of six and dropped to .500 for the first

time this year.

”They’re a tough team to pitch against. They run all those

switch-hitters at you. They just outhit us and outpitched us

tonight. It was pretty simple,” Mets manager Terry Collins


Dillon Gee (1-2) gave up seven runs and a career-high 12 hits in

6 2-3 innings.

Both games were similar: Sandoval put San Francisco ahead for

good in the first inning, the Giants supported their starter with

two home runs, and they got plenty of pitching.

Nate Schierholtz and Buster Posey homered in the opener.

Schierholtz had six hits during the day, including two triples, and

stole a base.

Battered in his first three starts, Lincecum (1-2) allowed one

run in five innings and struck out eight, often throwing his

fastball past the Mets. The two-time Cy Young Award winner also

walked five and gave up four hits in lowering his ERA from 10.54 to


Lincecum admits he’d been overthinking his recent outings.

”Your head’s spinning and you’re going to 50 different answers

trying to get one,” he said.

”We get caught up in negatives so easily,” he said, ”and

forget about the positives.”

Lincecum got help on his 108th and final pitch. With the bases

loaded, one out and the Giants ahead by five runs, Davis hit a

grounder up the middle. Second baseman Emmanuel Burris stopped the

ball and made a backhanded flip with his glove to shortstop Brandon

Crawford, who barehanded the toss and turned a terrific double


Miguel Batista (0-1) lasted 3 2-3 innings in a spot start. The

41-year-old righty began the game by pitching out of the stretch –

fittingly, the Giants had runners on base against him all day.

Sandoval hit an RBI single in the first, but was thrown out

trying to stretch it into a double. Posey followed with his home


Schierholtz hit a three-run homer in the third, set up by Davis’

error at first base with two outs and none on.

NOTES: Mets LF Jason Bay bruised his ribs trying to catch Gregor

Blanco’s two-run double in the second game. The ball bounced out of

Bay’s glove and he landed face-first on the grass near the warning

track. X-rays were negative and Bay will be re-examined Tuesday.

… Marlins SS Jose Reyes makes his return to Citi Field on Tuesday

night when Miami visits the Mets. ”He was a dynamic, exciting

player for us. I think he deserves a warm reception from our

fans,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. ”I hope he gets a good

reception.” … Johan Santana (0-2, 3.97 ERA), pushed back a day

by the rainout, starts for the Mets on Tuesday against Marlins ace

Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.94). … Matt Cain (1-0, 1.88) starts for the

Giants on Tuesday night at Cincinnati. … Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez

(dislocated right shoulder) begins a rehab assignment Monday night

for Class-A San Jose. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team had

mapped out an 18-day rehab for Sanchez. … Giants 1B Aubrey Huff

did not play in either game. He’s in a slump, and also had a key

defensive lapse Saturday while playing 2B for the first time in his