SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Cohen’s shot at his underachieving Mets lineup might have been on a time delay that didn’t reach his players until the 12th inning Wednesday.
Hours after the team owner wondered on Twitter about his “unproductive” hitters, the Mets took a collective belly flop off the Bay Bridge for most of the afternoon before showing late life to beat the Giants 6-2 in 12 innings at Oracle Park.
Kevin Pillar smashed a three-run homer in the 12th against Tyler Chatwood, the Giants’ ninth pitcher of the day, helping the Mets snap a five-game losing streak and move to the .500 mark as they head to Los Angeles, where they will face the likes of Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer and David Price before departing the West Coast.
“It’s hard to understand how professional hitters can be this unproductive,” Cohen tweeted before the game. “The best teams have a more disciplined approach. The slugging and OPS numbers don’t lie.”
Michael Conforto stroked an RBI double in the 11th to bring in the go-ahead run after Edwin Diaz fired two scoreless innings in relief. Jeurys Familia couldn’t hold the lead, surrendering an RBI single to Tommy La Stella that tied it 2-2.
Jake McGee drilled Pete Alonso leading off the ninth and Conforto’s ensuing single put runners on the corners before J.D. Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right field that tied it 1-1. But the Mets’ rally died with help from Brandon Crawford’s brilliant glove work. The Giants shortstop made a diving stop on Dominic Smith’s grounder near second base and flipped the ball with his glove to La Stella covering the bag for the second out. McGee then struck out Jonathan Villar.
Tylor Megill gave the Mets six superb innings in which he allowed one earned run on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. It marked the third time this season the rookie pitched at least six innings and surrendered one run or less. Megill, who threw 90 pitches, saw his ERA drop to 3.21.
The Mets didn’t get their second hit of the game until the sixth, when Brandon Nimmo singled leading off. To that point, Alonso’s single through the second-base hole in the first had accounted for the Mets’ only hit. But Jeff McNeil, Alonso and Conforto failed to deliver behind Nimmo, leaving the Mets in a 1-0 hole.
Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani departed in the second inning with right ankle discomfort, but the San Francisco bullpen held it together until the 12th. Jonathan Villar walked in the inning before he was picked off by Jose Alvarez. It was the seventh pickoff of Villar this season, which leads the major leagues.
LaMonte Wade Jr. stroked an RBI double in the third to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Alex Dickerson and Wilmer Flores singled in succession to begin the rally before Wade slashed a shot just inside the foul line in the left-field corner to bring in the run. But with runners on second and third, Megill avoided further trouble by retiring La Stella before Kris Bryant struck out.
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