SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt thought he might have hit a game-winning homer when it left his bat. Instead it landed in Jordany Valdespin’s glove a step or two in front of the center field fence.
“The heavy air comes in out there and just knocks the ball down,” Belt said. “Can’t really do anything about it.”
Scott Hairston hit his second homer of the game, connecting in the 10th inning to send the Mets past the reeling San Francisco Giants 8-7 Monday night.
The Giants have lost five in a row, all at home, and were coming off a sweep by Los Angeles. San Francisco still leads the NL West by one percentage point over the Dodgers.
“It was a fastball right down the middle,” Belt said of the game’s final pitch. “It’s just the kind of pitch you want to get. I felt like I did what I wanted to do with it. It just didn’t work out. At times like this, it’s frustrating because we had a chance to win that game right there.”
Hairston hit a two-run homer in the eighth as the Mets scored four times for a 6-4 lead. Buster Posey and Nate Schierholtz had RBI doubles in the Giants ninth to tie it.
“A lot of things happened in that game,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We swung the bats better but we also made mistakes that came back to get us.”
Hairston hit a solo homer in the 10th off Santiago Casilla (4-5) and the Mets scored again on an error. The Giants got a run in their half before Manny Acosta earned his first save. Josh Edgin (1-0) got his first major league victory.
Hairston has 14 home runs against the Giants, his most versus any team. Romo was tagged for four runs, matching what he had allowed in his previous 30 2-3 innings.
“I just try to do the best I can against everybody,” Hairston said. “It just happens to be the Giants I have a lot of success against.”
Bobby Parnell gave up Posey’s double and Edgin allowed Schierholtz’s tying hit, giving the Mets their 17th blown save.
Ronny Cedeno added two RBIs for the Mets. Marco Scutaro and Ryan Theriot each had two hits and drove in a run for the Giants.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out nine.
Mets starter Jeremy Hefner allowed four runs on 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Scutaro’s sacrifice fly in the third gave the Giants a 1-0 lead.
NOTES: Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (4-11, 5.88) goes for the Giants on Tuesday night. He’s beaten the Mets in his last four starts against them. … RHP Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) will make his second major league appearance for the Mets. … Aubrey Huff recorded his first RBI since June 2 and then left the game after aggravating a knee injury. … Giants OF Angel Pagan also left with a bruise on his right hand. … Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher to score a run as a pinch runner since Brad Hennessey in 2008.
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