Pederson hits 3 HR, leads in 8 as Giants stun Mets 13-12

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joc Pederson turned a pair of pregame chats with home run king Barry Bonds into the best night of his career.

Pederson homered three and drove in a career-high eight runs, including a two-out single in the ninth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 13-12 on Tuesday in one of the games. craziest imaginable.

“Just getting some knowledge of such a great hitter and how he thinks about baseball and hitting, it helped me connect a few dots to clear my mind at home plate,” said Pederson. “I will never be Barry Bonds. He is the best hitter to hit a bat. But it definitely helped free my mind in the box.

Brandon Crawford hit a game-winning single closer to Edwin Díaz and the Giants – after losing a six-point lead – somehow recovered to pull off two unlikely comebacks.

Francisco Lindor homered and drove in six runs for the Mets, including a homerun triple that put them ahead in a seven-run eighth.

Pederson was preparing for the game when he and teammate LaMonte Wade Jr. spent 30 minutes with Bonds at the Giants clubhouse. Pederson and Bonds chatted again in a private office before Pederson politely excused himself.

“Next thing you know, it was like 6:25 p.m. and I was like, ‘I gotta go,'” Pederson said.

San Francisco squandered an 8-2 cushion by allowing two runs in the seventh and seven in the eighth to fall behind 11-8. Pederson tied with a three-run homer in the bottom half, but the Giants trailed 12-11 in the ninth before rallying with two outs and none to stun New York and end their five-game losing streak.

“He was joking about it after his first, about talking to Barry,” Giants starter Logan Webb said of Pederson. “Then he hit the second, then he hit the third and it was like, man, this guy is something else. You’re not going to cheat him with anything. He tries to do that every time at the stick.

Pederson threw a pair of two-run homers against Mets starter Chris Bassitt. San Francisco’s plummeting cleanup hitter then crushed his third homer of the night, a three-run drive into McCovey Cove off reliever Drew Smith with two outs in the eighth to erase New’s 11-8 lead. York.

“He had a great night against us,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “We missed a lot of places with fastballs tonight. That’s not how we did most of the time, so tonight was a challenge for us.

Pederson was 4 of 46 in May before his big day.

“It was probably the best individual offensive performance I’ve ever seen considering everything about the big moments in the game and the need to be resilient even in that last game,” the Giants manager said. , Gabe Kapler.

The Mets regained the lead in the ninth on Brandon Nimmo’s sacrificial volley after Dominic Smith’s starting hat-trick.

But in the bottom half, Mike Yastrzemski walked with two outs and Darin Ruf scored a single. Pederson’s single tied it and Crawford, who hit three earlier, followed with a sharp single from Díaz (1-1) that drove Ruf in.

It was the third missed save for Díaz. John Brebbia (2-0) picked up the win.

The loss prevented the Mets (29-16) from being the first National League team to reach 30 wins. The Yankees were the first American League team to do so, having beaten the Orioles earlier in the day.

Eduardo Escobar had four hits for the Mets, who staged their last big comeback before falling short. New York scored five runs in the ninth inning of a 5-2 win at St. Louis on April 25 and seven in the ninth for an 8-7 win at Philadelphia on May 5.

Giants reliever Tyler Rogers allowed four straight singles to open the eighth, and Dominic Smith’s two-run single made it 8-6. After Mark Canha was caught in a run between third and home, Nimmo hit a field single and Starling Marte scored a single in a run to load the bases.

Lindor followed with a sharp lining in the left field corner and Pederson briefly fumbled the ball as all three runners scored. Pete Alonso added a sacrificial fly.

Tommy La Stella hit a three-run homer for the Giants. His second this season also came from Bassitt, who scored for a career-high eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.


San Francisco had a 99.2% chance of winning when trailing 8-2, according to Fangraphs, 3.6% when trailing 11-8 and 4.2% when trailing 12-11 with two outs and none in the ninth.


Pederson’s eight RBIs were tied for third most by a Giants player in a game since RBIs became an official stat in 1920. The only players with more were Phil Weintraub with 11 in April 1944 and Irish Meusel with nine in September 1925.


Webb had six strikeouts in five uneven innings. The right-hander, whose only loss this season came to the Mets in April, hasn’t lost at home since Aug. 27, 2020 — a streak of 18 straight starts, tying the longest streak in franchise history. the modern era.


Giants 3B Evan Longoria was held off with a pinched left shoulder.


Giants RHP Jakob Junis (1-1, 2.70 ERA) hasn’t won since beating the Nationals on his season debut on April 22. The Mets plan to call LHP Thomas Szapucki from Triple-A Syracuse to make his first major league start in the series. final on Wednesday.


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