Rapid Reaction: Giants 5, Mets 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- After a pregame meeting, and with Kenny Bania and Steve Kerr in attendance, the dive has hit five ... and in agonizing fashion.

Three outs from snapping a four-game losing streak, Jenrry Mejia surrendered two ninth-inning runs and the New York Mets lost to the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Saturday night at AT&T Park.

Jenrry Mejia

Jenrry Mejia

#58 RP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM20
  • W4

  • L3

  • BB26

  • K52

  • ERA4.68

Ex-Met Angel Pagan struck out to begin the inning, but reached when Anthony Recker’s throw to first base to complete the putout pulled Lucas Duda off the bag. Hunter Pence followed with a game-tying double. Buster Posey advanced Pence to third base on a fly out. After an intentional walk, Michael Morse won it with an RBI single.

It was Mejia’s first blown save since being installed as closer.

Things began to unravel in the sixth with a critical error by David Wright.

With the Mets leading 4-1, and with a runner at first base for the Giants with two outs, Bartolo Colon coaxed a grounder to third base from Brandon Hicks. Wright fielded it cleanly, but threw wide of second base trying to get the lead runner. The E-5 placed two runners in scoring position. After a walk loaded the bases, Pagan delivered his third hit of the game. The single to left field plated two baserunners and chased Colon.

An infield single by Hunter Pence against Jeurys Familia reloaded the bases and brought Posey to the plate. Familia went to a full count before striking out Posey to preserve a 4-3 lead.

Familia appeared poised to be the savior. He ultimately produced 2 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring the final seven batters he faced, before handing the ball to Mejia for the save attempt. The workload matched the longest by Familia this season. He also went that distance April 11 at Anaheim.

Mortal: Tim Hudson entered Saturday with the best ERA in the majors at 1.75, but had an uncharacteristically rough outing. Hudson surrendered three runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings and departed trailing 3-1. It marked only the second time in 12 starts this season that Hudson had surrendered more than two earned runs in a game.

Hudson’s ERA climbed to 1.97, now tied for second in the majors with Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, and trailing Atlanta’s Julio Teheran (1.89).

The Mets snapped Hudson’s 16-inning scoreless streak on Anthony Recker’s second-inning RBI single, although they left runners on the corners. An inning later, Lucas Duda and Recker both had run-scoring singles off the right-field wall as the Mets built a 3-0 lead.

The damage could have been more, but Ruben Tejada and Recker both ended up at second base on Recker’s third-inning shot. Tejada eventually was tagged out between second and third.

Snapped: Wright snapped a season-high 0-for-14 drought with a third-inning single.

What’s next: The Mets play the final game of a three-city trip to complete a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. Former Giants first-round pick Zack Wheeler (2-5, 3.89 ERA) opposes right-hander Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01) in the 4:05 p.m. ET finale.

Wheeler, dealt by San Francisco in 2011 to rent Carlos Beltran, already has pitched once with the Mets at AT&T Park. He allowed one run on three hits and three walks in seven innings last July 10 as the Mets won, 7-2.

Wright is expected to get Sunday day off.