Mets 11, Giants 6
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The New York Mets are an improved team of late, and they showed the Giants why it’s not a good idea to overlook them.
San Francisco was looking to complete a sweep Sunday and got a good start with Deion Sanders’ leadoff homer. But the Mets hung on during a back-and-forth game, finally winning 11-6.
With the win, New York snapped a three-game losing streak avoided a series sweep by San Francisco for the first time since Aug. 23-25, 1991.
``Every team we play now comes in against us a little lax,″ Carl Everett said. ``Now they know we have a good ball club. They have to break their neck to win against us.″
The Mets took the lead for good in the seventh when Ryan Thompson’s grounder bounced past Giants reliever Carlos Valdez (0-1), scoring Chris Jones, who tripled, and breaking a 6-6 tie.
Everett drove in three runs and Jones drove in two more.
The Mets added four runs in the eighth. Damon Buford hit an RBI double, Everett hit a two-run double and Jeff Kent added a sacrifice fly.
``If any consolation can be taken,″ said Giants manager Dusty Baker, ``it’s that we took two games out of three.″
New York’s third pitcher, Don Florence (3-0), pitched 1 1-3 of an inning for the victory, and Jerry DiPoto went 2 2-3 innings for his first save.
``All you do is go out there and hold them, and hopefully score runs,″ Florence said. ``Luckily we’ve been scoring runs in the seventh through ninth innings lately.″
The Mets stole a 2-0 Giants lead with five runs in the third inning. Tim Bogar singled in Bobby Jones with two outs before Everett’s single off Giants starter Terry Mulholland scored Buford.
Barry Bonds dropped Kent’s fly ball to shallow left field for an error, allowing both Tim Bogar and Everett to score. Jones singled to score Kent, and Thompson grounded out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Bonds tripled to deep center field, scoring Deion Sanders and Robby Thompson. Bonds rounded third, ignoring the stop sign by third base coach Wendell Kim, and Kent’s throw to catcher Kelly Stinnett got Bonds at the plate.
Mulholland’s sacrifice fly to center scored Mark Leonard in the fourth inning to tie the score at 5-5. The Mets quickly regained the lead in the fifth with Everett scoring on Jones’ sacrifice fly.
Bonds hit his 27th home run of the season off Bobby Jones with one out in the bottom of the fifth to knot the score again.
``It turned out to be a wild game, but it looked like it would be real wild for a while,″ Mets manager Dallas Green said. ``Our guy couldn’t get anybody out, then their guy couldn’t either. Finally our bullpen came through.″
Sanders, out of the lineup for the past two games with a migraine headache, homered to lead off the Giants’ first inning. It was the sixth leadoff homer of Sanders’ career, his third leadoff shot this year and sixth homer overall.
Sanders, hitting .316 with 17 runs and 10 walks, said he feels better.
``I’ve had them (migraines) since I was a kid,″ he said. ``I can remember playing pee-wee football and having to miss the championship game because of a migraine.″
Thompson followed Sanders in the first with a double and scored one out later on Matt Williams’ single, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead.
Jones gave up eight hits and six runs, five earned, in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked three.
Mulholland lasted six innings, giving up nine hits and six runs, three earned. He struck out five and walked one.
Notes: Sanders, who played cornerback for the Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers last season, was expected in the next week to decide where he will play football when baseball season is over. The top contenders in the bidding war for Sanders appear to be the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. ... The Mets signed righthander Corey Brittan, the team’s 56th pick in the June free agent draft. New York has now signed 30 of its 63 draft picks. ... The Montreal Expos made a pitching change for Monday’s game against the Giants, substituting left-hander Carlos Perez (10-5) for Gil Heredia.