New York-The New York Mets have been playing better over the last month or so, but they have had trouble making that final push to reach the .500 mark. The Mets have gotten as close as four games under .500, but have lost each time they could close the gap further. The Mets (53-58) fell five under .500 once again today as Madison Bumgarner hurled a shutout to lead the San Francisco Giants (60-51) to a 9-0 win.
The loss for the Mets came down to two primary reasons. The first was that Mets' starter Bartolo Colon (L, 10-9) simply didn't have it. The Giants grabbed a lead against Colon in the top of the third inning as Hunter Pence hit a two run homer (14), giving the visitors a 2-0 lead. Colon served up another long ball in the fourth as a Brandon Belt solo shot (11) gave the Giants a 3-0 lead. Colon came completely undone in the fifth, as the Giants plated three runs in the frame. Pence and Buster Posey delivered consecutive RBI doubles to make it 5-0, and Pablo Sandoval added an RBI single to make it 6-0. Colon didn't make it through the fifth inning, allowing six runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings while striking out five.
The second problem for the Mets was that Madison Bumgarner was locked in for the Giants. Bumgarner (W, 13-8) went the distance, allowing only two hits and walking one while striking out 10 Mets' hitters. Bumgarner dominated a weakened Mets lineup, as the Mets sat out lefty sluggers Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy against the talented young lefty.
The Giants added some insurance runs in the later innings via the long ball. Posey delivered a two run homer (13) off Carlos Torres in the top of the seventh to make it 8-0. Pence hit his second home run of the day (15) in the top of the ninth against Dana Eveland to complete the scoring.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Giants' starter Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner went the distance and shut the Mets out to help the Giants win their second game of this series.
Post Game Notes:
- David Wright and Wilmer Flores collected the only two hits for the Mets.
- Posey and Pence were the offensive stars for the Giants. Pence went 3 for 5 with three runs scored, a double, two home runs, and four RBI's. Posey went 4 for 5 with two runs scored, three RBI's, a double, and a home run.
- The Mets were shut out for the 10th time this season.
- Chris Young, who started in left field based on strong numbers against Bumgarner, went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. Young is now 2 for his last 18 as left field has become a black hole for the Mets.
- Colon was denied a chance for his 200th career win.
The Mets will look to salvage a split as they wrap up their series with the Giants tomorrow afternoon in a matinee getaway game. Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mets, while the Giants counter with All Star TIm Hudson (8-8, 2.71 ERA). First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 12:10 pm.
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