Pence and Petit look to continue their productive late-season stretches when the visiting Giants seek a fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night while trying to end their recent struggles against the New York Mets .
Pence has homered in a career-high four straight contests after hitting two in San Francisco's 4-3 win at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. The Giants (69-81) took the final three of the four-game set against NL West-leading Los Angeles, and have won six of eight overall.
"This is where we are," Pence told the Giants' official website. "We have to make the best of it. One way to make the best of it is to charge in as hard as we can.
Pence, who has tied a career high with 25 home runs, has hit six while going 13 for 25 in the last six games. His 19 RBIs during that stretch are the most for a Giants player since it became an official statistic in 1920."It's fun to watch when you see a good hitter locked in," manager Bruce Bochy said.
He went 3 for 14 when the Giants were swept at home by New York (67-82) in July, but batted .345 with a home run and five RBIs in his last seven at Citi Field.
San Francisco has dropped five in a row to the Mets - all at home - but won two straight and six of eight at New York.
Petit (3-0, 2.53 ERA) is 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA in four starts since being recalled from the minors Aug. 23.
After he lost a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning of a 3-0 win over Arizona on Sept. 6, the right-hander retired the first 11 batters before yielding three runs in 5 2-3 innings Wednesday against Colorado.
Petit struck out seven in a game the Giants rallied to win 4-3.
San Francisco has won all four starts by Petit, who last faced the Mets in relief while pitching for the Marlins in 2006.
New York counters with former Giants first-round pick Zack Wheeler (7-5, 3.22), who allowed a run and three hits in seven innings of a 7-2 victory at San Francisco on July 10. The Giants drafted Wheeler sixth overall in 2009, then traded him to New York in the Carlos Beltran deal of 2011."I didn't know how I was going to feel when I got out there," Wheeler said in July of facing the club that drafted him. "Honestly, I was relaxed."
The right-hander has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his last seven starts, including three total while losing the last two as his teammates failed to provide any help. Wheeler gave up a run in seven innings of a 3-0 loss to Washington on Wednesday.
The Mets scored eight runs in four games against Miami over the weekend, but won three. Rookie Travis d'Arnaud's RBI single with two outs in the 12th sent New York to a 1-0 victory Sunday.
Daniel Murphy has four hits in two games, and is 5 for 10 in his last three home games versus San Francisco.
Pence went 0 for 3 with a strikeout against Wheeler in July.
|San Francisco Giants|
|August 23, 2013||Matt Cain||15-Day DL||Right forearm contusion|
|August 23, 2013||Matt Cain||15-Day DL||Right forearm contusion|
|August 22, 2013||Andres Torres||60-Day DL||Surgery, left Achilles - out for season|
|August 20, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||Day-to-Day||Sore back|
|August 17, 2013||Chad Gaudin||15-Day DL||Carpal tunnel syndrome|
|August 15, 2013||Sandy Rosario||Day-to-Day||Bruised sternum|
|New York Mets|
|September 14, 2013||Frank Francisco||Day-to-Day||Thumb contusion|
|September 10, 2013||Justin Turner||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|September 09, 2013||Scott Rice||60-Day DL||Sports hernia|
|September 02, 2013||Ike Davis||60-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|September 01, 2013||Ike Davis||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right oblique|
|August 27, 2013||Matt Harvey||15-Day DL||Torn right UCL - out for season|
NEW YORK (AP) -- A big game for Angel Pagan left the San Francisco Giants lamenting where they might be in the standings if their leadoff hitter was healthy all season.
Pagan homered, tripled and drove in three runs on a perfect night at the plate against his former team, leading Yusmeiro Petit and the Giants past the New York Mets 8-5 on Tuesday.
"A great return here to New York," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said about Pagan. "He's done such a nice job since he's come back. I think we've seen the difference he makes in our club, and he certainly showed that tonight."
The switch-hitter went 3 for 3 with two walks and scored twice for the defending World Series champions, who have won four straight and seven of nine to improve to 70-81. His tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning made a winner of Petit (4-0) in his second start since nearly pitching a perfect game.
"He's a clutch player," Bochy said. "I think we would have been in a better situation than the one we're in now if we'd had Angel."
Before the game, the Mets announced that Matt Harvey will try to rehab his injured right elbow without reconstructive surgery - a move the All-Star ace hopes is going to keep him on the mound next season.
"We have to be optimistic, because he is optimistic," New York manager Terry Collins said. "If he's able to be successful, that would be a great find for the organization headed into next year."
Pagan homered off Sean Henn (0-1) leading off the seventh to give the Giants a 5-4 lead. It was his first home run since an inside-the-park shot that ended a 6-5 victory over Colorado on May 25.
After that, Pagan missed 82 games with an injured left hamstring that required surgery. He returned on Aug. 30.
"I wanted to come back so the team finished strong and we can feel good about ourselves," Pagan said. "I know we're not going to go to the postseason or whatever, but if we finish strong I think we can reflect for next year and get ready, use this year as a motivation to prepare. I think we have a good enough team, we can't forget that."
Pagan spent four seasons with the Mets before they traded him to San Francisco in December 2011. He helped the Giants win a championship last year and then re-signed with them for $40 million over four years.
"No hard feelings," Pagan said. "When I played here, I gave it all."
Tony Abreu added an RBI double against Gonzalez Germen in the eighth, and Pagan's triple off the wall in right-center made it 7-4. Hunter Pence singled home a run in the ninth for his 20th RBI in his last seven games.
Giants reliever Sandy Rosario issued a leadoff walk in the ninth and left with a strained right hip. Sergio Romo gave up an RBI single to Daniel Murphy before retiring Lucas Duda and pinch-hitter Andrew Brown with the bases loaded to end it after 3 hours, 55 minutes.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler threw 107 pitches over five innings against his former club. The rookie walked a career-high six - four in the second inning. In all, seven New York pitchers combined to issue a season-high 10 walks.
Wheeler was drafted sixth overall by the Giants out of high school in 2009. Two years later, they traded him to the Mets in a deal for Carlos Beltran . The 23-year-old right-hander threw a gem in San Francisco on July 10, allowing one run and three hits over seven innings in his fifth major league start.
"He just didn't have his command," catcher Travis d'Arnaud said. "He had a great bullpen. I thought it was going to be a fun one for him. It just didn't work out that way."
Petit, once a Mets prospect, came within one strike of a perfect game Sept. 6 against Arizona but finished with a one-hit shutout.
The right-hander, who beat Wheeler when they matched up in the minors April 9, gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings.
NOTES: Giants 2B Marco Scutaro went for an MRI on his ailing left pinkie and it's possible he could miss the rest of the season. For now, he is day to day. ... D'Arnaud left in the fourth with a sore right shoulder after he was hit by Pence's foul ball in the second. Anthony Recker replaced d'Arnaud, dinged up several times in the past few weeks. ... Mets 3B David Wright (strained right hamstring) is unlikely to return during the three-game series. This weekend in Philadelphia is a possibility, Collins said.