got to Citi Field about three hours before his second major league start Friday night. He went over San Francisco's hitters,
took some swings in the batting cage to prepare for
and started warming up a little earlier than usual.
It looks as if this routine will work just fine.
Parnell pitched six crisp innings and the
New York Mets
opened an important homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Giants.
''That's huge for us because we didn't know whether or not that he could fill that particular role,'' Mets manager
said. ''It's a big, big boost for us in going forward.''
Parnell (3-4) limited San Francisco to three singles and struck out seven, including four straight overlapping his final two
innings. The right-hander, who opened the year in the bullpen, recorded just seven outs in his first start, a 3-1 loss at
San Diego last Saturday.
''I think I just had a better rhythm and got a little bit of a routine behind me,'' Parnell said. ''San Diego was kind of
a learning experience for me and that's the way I took it. Today, I figured I'd probably make a little bit more of a leap
and bound. I just had some good innings.''
connected against Zito (8-11) for New York's first leadoff homer of the season.
added a two-out RBI double in the fourth and
tacked on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Wearing cream-colored throwback jerseys modeled after the 1905 Giants, New York bounced back from a miserable 2-5 road trip
with its 10th shutout of the season. The Mets pulled within 9 1/2 games of wild card-leading Colorado with the victory and
need to string together some wins during their season-long 11-game homestand to get back in the playoff race.
The Giants' best opportunity came in the eighth against
, when they put runners on first and second with one out.
came in and retired
on a fielder's choice before
bounced to third to end the inning.
then pitched a perfect ninth to finish the four-hitter and record his 26th save in 31 opportunities.
''We just didn't do anything offensively,'' Giants manager
had two hits for San Francisco, which stayed 1 1/2 back of Colorado. Zito allowed three runs and five hits in five-plus innings,
ending a four-start unbeaten streak.
The Giants opened a season-long, 11-game trip with their fourth loss in five games. They are just 23-33 on the road this year,
compared with 39-20 at home.
''We have to start playing on the road better,'' Renteria said. ''We want to do it. We're going to be all right.''
Pagan hit his first career leadoff homer, driving a 1-2 pitch from Zito into the seats in left. It was the first leadoff shot
for the Mets since
connected at Atlanta on Sept. 19.
Zito didn't allow another hit until
's leadoff single in the fourth. Two batters later, Francoeur doubled over center fielder
to give New York a 2-0 lead.
NOTES: Citi Field had a slightly different look when the Mets returned home, with new videoboards in foul territory in right
and in a food court behind the plate. The club also has started adding more pictures from some of its famous teams after its
new field was criticized earlier in the year for lacking a strong connection to the franchise's history. ... Giants RF
rested and Bochy said he'll likely sit out Saturday, too. Bochy said Winn is fine physically. ... Mets LHP
, out all season following elbow ligament replacement surgery, pitched a perfect inning in a rehab appearance with Class A
St. Lucie. ... San Francisco was shut out for the sixth time.