Mets Implode In Extra Innings, Lose To Giants 9-3

Bruce Bochy joined John McGraw as the only Giants managers to win 1,000 regular-season games


On a night that began as a rematch between the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard of their duel in the 2016 NL wild-card game, New York rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a sixth-inning lead only for its bullpen to falter again.

Bochy announced during spring training he is retiring after this season, his 13th during a run with the Giants that has included three World Series titles. He has 1,003 losses in San Francisco and is 1,951-1,978 during a 25-year career as a major league manager that started with a dozen years in San Diego.

McGraw led the New York Giants to 2,583 wins from 1902-32.

Appearing for the fifth time in an eight-day span, Robert Gsellman (1-1) gave up a single to pinch-hitter Tyler Austin leading off the 10th, walked Brandon Belt and bounced a wild pitch. Vogt lined a changeup over leaping Michael Conforto and off the right-field fence.

Steven Duggar got an RBI double on a comebacker that Gsellman tried to grab with his glove behind his back and rebounded toward shortstop, Pablo Sandoval added a two-run double off Héctor Santiago and Mike Yastrzemski added an RBI single.

Mark Melancon (2-0) pitched a perfect ninth.

Bumgarner failed to hold a 2-0, sixth-inning lead when Wilson Ramos hit a solo homer and rookie Pete Alonso hit a two-run drive. Alonso’s 20 home runs are second among Mets rookies behind Darryl Strawberry’s 26 in 1983, when he debuted on May 6.

Mets reliever Seth Lugo allowed Belt’s tying double in the seventh after a visibly angry Syndergaard was removed.

Bumgarner had given up three earned runs in 51 career innings at Citi Field, including the wild-card game, before allowing three in the sixth. He remained 6-0 in his regular-season career against the Mets, the only NL team not to defeat him.

MadBum pitched a four-hit shutout to win that wild-card game. Syndergaard was just as good, throwing seven scoreless innings that night, and Conor Gillaspie’s three-run homer in the ninth off Jeurys Familia lifted the Giants to a 3-0 victory.

Syndergaard made his 100th appearances and fell behind in the fourth, hurt by a pair of walks. Kevin Pillar hit an RBI single past shortstop on a belt-high sinker and Duggar dumped a run-scoring single in front of Conforto.

Syndergaard was removed after 6 2/3 innings and 103 pitches. He muttered to himself, then went to the dugout and stared at the field.

Lugo gave up a single to Evan Longoria and a double to Belt that one-hopped the right-field wall. Conforto made a one-hop throw to second baseman Jeff McNeil, whose one-hop relay to Ramos was in time for the catcher to tag Longoria.

BACK IN THE BOOTH:

Former Mets star pitcher Ron Darling returned to the SNY broadcast booth for the first time since April 13, following surgery to treat thyroid cancer. “I feel great,” he said.

WEB EXTRA – Ron Darling talks about his return to the broadcasting booth:

TRAINER’S ROOM:

2B Robinson Canó, out since straining his left quadriceps on May 22, said Sunday he would be activated for the homestand opener, but he was not. Manager Mickey Callaway, asked whether Canó, was close to returning, said he’s progressing and did not give a date.

McNeil, sidelined since May 21 by a left hamstring injury, was activated from the IL and RHP Tyler Bashlor was optioned to Syracuse (IL).

INF Dominic Smith missed his second straight start after spraining his right thumb during a swing Saturday but flied out as a pinch hitter.

INF Jed Lowrie, out since spring training with a sprained left knee, is “a ways away,” according to Callaway.

Umpire Tom Hallion was forced to leave after hit on the mask by a foul ball in the fourth. He finished the inning, then was replaced behind the plate in the fifth by Vic Carapazza, who had been at second base.

UP NEXT:

RHP Tyler Beede (0-1, 7.82) starts for the Giants on Tuesday and LHP Jason Vargas (1-3, 4.46) for the Mets.

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