The New York Mets right-hander will seek a better performance Tuesday night while trying to add to the Giants' recent woes.
Gee (6-7, 4.45 ERA) is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last seven starts and has totaled 47 strikeouts and nine walks in 47 1-3 innings. He fanned seven and gave up two runs over seven innings Thursday against Arizona, but the Mets lost 5-4 in 15 innings.
Gee wasn't nearly as effective against San Francisco on April 23, 2012, allowing seven runs and a career-high 12 hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-2 home loss. The Giants (40-48), though, don't appear poised to duplicate that effort.
They enter this game having batted .197 during a 2-12 stretch and fell 4-3 in 16 innings in Monday's series opener.
Buster Posey had a career-high five hits for San Francisco, but Brandon Belt , hitting .136 in his last five games, went 0 for 8 with five strikeouts. Pablo Sandoval is 4 for 47 (.085) in his last 12 contests, and Hunter Pence is 3 for 42 (.071) in his past 11."There's frustration," Pence said. "We want to stay as positive as we can right now. We've got to get it done. We've got to keep pushing to find a way to turn it around."
Barry Zito (4-6, 4.44) will try to give his team a much-needed boost by snapping a three-game losing streak. The left-hander has given up two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts but only pitched four-plus innings in his latest outing, a 3-2 loss in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
"I put (the team) in a tough situation by only going four innings. My pitch count was high. I have to start getting more action in three pitches. I've got too deep in counts," said Zito, who threw 88 pitches.
Zito allowed one run in that game but was tagged for seven in 4 1-3 frames in his most recent start against the Mets on Aug. 2, a 9-1 loss in San Francisco. He was 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in his previous seven matchups.
Pitching at home, though, has proved beneficial this season for Zito, who is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 10 starts there. He's 0-5 with a 9.38 ERA on the road.
Gee is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in his last four road starts after going 1-3 with a 9.97 ERA in his first five this year. The Mets have also won their past three games in San Francisco.
They haven't won four in a row in the series since an eight-game run June 3-May 16, 2009. New York is also seeking its first three-game win streak since claiming a season-best five in a row May 26-30.
|New York Mets|
|July 08, 2013||Shaun Marcum||Day-to-Day||Right hand numbness|
|June 22, 2013||Lucas Duda||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal|
|June 21, 2013||Jonathon Niese||15-Day DL||Partially torn left rotator cuff|
|June 20, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shoulder discomfort|
|June 19, 2013||Scott Atchison||15-Day DL||Right groin strain|
|June 18, 2013||Scott Atchison||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore groin|
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 08, 2013||Joaquin Arias||15-Day DL||Appendicitis|
|July 05, 2013||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Left game - right calf cramp|
|June 24, 2013||Joaquin Arias||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 21, 2013||Chad Gaudin||15-Day DL||Right elbow contusion|
|June 21, 2013||Chad Gaudin||15-Day DL||Right elbow contusion|
|June 18, 2013||Brandon Crawford||Day-to-Day||Left game - Sprained right index finger|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Marlon Byrd 's seventh career grand slam might have enhanced his trade value.
At the very least, it assured manager Terry Collins that his 35-year-old slugger still has something left to offer.
Byrd's two-out slam capped a five-run eighth inning and the Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 10-6 on Tuesday for their third consecutive win.
"Marlon's been unbelievable, he really has," Collins said. "(He) just goes up and does what he does. He's an attack guy and if you make a mistake he can do some damage. That's what happened."
A day after needing 16 innings to top the Giants in a game that ended at 12:42 a.m., the Mets squandered leads of 3-2 and 5-3 but held off the slumping World Series champs by scoring five times against the Giants bullpen.
Omar Quintanilla singled off reliever Jose Mijares (0-2) with one out in the eighth and took second on pinch-hitter Juan Lagares ' single against Jeremy Affeldt . Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Eric Young Jr. walked before Daniel Murphy 's sacrifice fly drove in Quintanilla with the tiebreaking run. After Wright walked to load the bases, Byrd hit his 14th homer on a hanging slider from Dunning to give the Mets a cushion.
"I knew they weren't really going to pitch to David, so whoever's hitting behind him at some point you have to come through," Byrd said. "It was nice to come through there. I've had seven good swings with the bases loaded but I've also had some strikeouts."
Quintanilla had three hits for the Mets while Byrd and David Wright added two apiece. Wright drew a two-out walk before Byrd's homer.
Marco Scutaro singled twice for the Giants but was thrown out at home trying to score from first base on Pablo Sandoval 's double in the first.
The Giants scored more than four runs for just the fourth time in 22 games but still lost and fell a season-high nine games under .500. San Francisco also has the worst record in the majors (17-34) since May 13.
"It seems like all the hard work is spitting in our face," said Affeldt, who recorded just one out and allowed three runs. "We don't know what else to do but work hard, but it doesn't seem to be getting us anywhere. All around we stink, to be honest with you. I really stink."
Scott Rice (4-5) retired one batter for the win as the Mets overcame a shaky outing by starter Dillon Gee . Gee allowed five runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings. He also walked five.
Carlos Torres pitched the final two innings and gave up Nick Noonan 's pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth, one night after New York's bullpen tossed nine scoreless innings.
San Francisco's bullpen was also stellar in the extra-inning game on Monday but couldn't follow suit this time after the Giants scored single runs in three straight innings to tie the game at 5-all.
"We had a chance to put that game away earlier and we didn't do it," Collins said. "So (Byrd's) hit was huge for us."
Both clubs were still showing the effects from Monday's game.
Bochy scrapped batting practice and told his players they didn't have to report until two hours before first pitch. Bochy kept All-Star catcher Buster Posey out of the starting lineup after Posey caught all 16 innings in the 4-3 loss.
The Mets rested catcher John Buck , who also went the distance a night earlier.
Buck's replacement, Anthony Recker , committed an error in the second inning that allowed Hunter Pence to score San Francisco's first run. Pence reached on an infield hit leading off and took third on Brandon Belt 's single before Recker threw wildly into center trying to catch Belt on an attempted steal.
The Giants went up 2-0 later in the inning but the Mets scored three times in the fourth to take the lead. Quintanilla's two-out base hit drove in Josh Satin to put New York ahead.
After Sandoval's run-scoring groundout in the fifth tied it at 3-all, Recker homered off San Francisco starter Barry Zito in the sixth to put the Mets ahead 5-3.
The Giants scored once in the sixth then tied it again on Sandoval's sacrifice fly in the seventh.
San Francisco got a lift from rookie Kensuke Tanaka, who was called up from the minors before the game. Tanaka singled, walked and scored and made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Andrew Brown of a potential home run in the second.
NOTES: Zito remained winless in his last seven starts dating to May 30. ... David Wright has a 10-game hitting streak. ... Mets RHP Shaun Marcum will have season-ending surgery on his pitching shoulder Monday in St. Louis. Marcum experienced tingling and numbness in his right hand Saturday night against Milwaukee. Torres will replace Marcum in the rotation, and RHP Gonzalez Germen was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... San Francisco placed backup catcher Hector Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. Pitcher Michael Kickham was called up from Triple-A Fresno and designated OF Cole Gillespie for assignment. ... Veteran OF Jeff Francoeur agreed to terms on a minor league contract with San Francisco. ... RHP Matt Cain (5-5) faces former Giants prospect Zack Wheeler (2-1) in the series finale. Wheeler was the Giants first-round pick in 2009 when he was the sixth player taken overall.