SAN FRANCISCO – Joc Pederson turned a couple of pre-match conversations with home run king Barry Bonds into the best night of his career.
Pederson hit three homers and made eight runs, his record, including a single tied with two outs in the ninth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 13-12 on Tuesday in one of the wildest games imaginable.
“Just being aware of a good batter and the way he thinks about baseball and batting only helped connect a few points to free my mind on the plate,” Pederson said. “I’ll never be Barry Bonds. He’s the best hitter to play a bat. But he definitely helped free my mind in the box.”
Brandon Crawford hit a single that was beaten by Edwin Diaz and the Giants – after losing a six-run lead – somehow recovered to get two unlikely comebacks of their own.
Francisco Lindor hit a home run and took six runs for the Mets, including a base-loaded triple that put them ahead in an eighth of seven runs.
Pederson was preparing for the game when he and his LaMonte teammate Wade Jr. they spent 30 minutes with Bonds at the Giants clubhouse. Pederson and Bonds talked again in a private office before Pederson politely apologized.
“The next thing you know was at 6:25 and I said,‘ I have to go, ’” Pederson said.
San Francisco wasted an 8-2 cushion by conceding two runs in the seventh and seven in the eighth to fall 11-8. Pederson tied with a three-run homer in the bottom half, but the Giants lost 12-11 in the ninth before coming back with two outs and none to surprise New York and end their streak of five straight losses.
“He was joking about it after his first one, about talking to Barry,” Giants headline Logan Webb said of Pederson. “Then he hit the second one, then he hit the third one and it was like, man, this guy is something else. You’re not going to fool him with anything. He’s trying to do it every turn on the bat.”
Pederson threw a pair of two-run homers against Mets starter Chris Bassitt. The San Francisco clean-up hitter smashed his third homer of the night, a three-run pass to reliever McCovey Cove against Drew Smith with two outs in the eighth to erase New York’s 11-8 lead.
“He had a good night against us,” Mets director Buck Showalter said. “We missed a lot of places with fast balls tonight. That’s not how we’ve been doing it for the most part, so tonight was a challenge for us.”
Pederson was 4 for 46 in May before his big day.
“It was probably the best individual offensive performance I’ve ever had, considering all the things like the big moments in the game and the need to be resilient even in that last round at bat,” Giants coach Gabe Kapler said.
The Mets came back ahead in the ninth in Brandon Nimmo’s sacrifice after Dominic Smith’s opening triple.
But at the bottom, Mike Yastrzemski passed with two outs and Darin Ruf made a single. He was tied with a single from Pederson and Crawford, who struck out three times before, followed by a single from Diaz (1-1) which took Ruf out.
It was Diaz’s third salvation. John Brebbia (2-0) got the win.
The defeat prevented the Mets (29-16) from being the first team in the National League to achieve 30 wins. The Yankees were the first team in the American League to do so, after beating the Orioles earlier in the day.
Eduardo Escobar had four hits for the Mets, who put together their last big comeback before falling short. New York scored five runs in the ninth inning of a 5-2 win at St. Louis. Louis on April 25 and seven in the ninth for an 8-7 win in Philadelphia on May 5.
Giants reliever Tyler Rogers allowed four straight singles to open the eighth, and two-run Dominic Smith made it 8-6. After Mark Canha got caught in a run between the third and home, Nimmo hit a single in the field and Starling Mars made a single in a run to load the bases.
Lindor followed with a sharp liner in the corner of the left field and Pederson worked the ball briefly as all three runners scored. Pete Alonso added a sacrifice fly.
Tommy La Stella hit a three-run homer for the Giants. His second this season was also Bassitt, who was set for eight races, the record of his career in 4 1/3 innings.
San Francisco had a 99.2% chance of winning when it led 8-2, according to Fangraphs, 3.6% when it lost 11-8 and 4.2% when it was 12-11 behind with two outs and none in the ninth.
Pederson’s eight tows were tied for third place by a Giants player in a game since the tows became an official statistic in 1920. The only players with the most were Phil Weintraub with 11 in April 1944 and the Irish Meusel with nine in September 1925.
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Webb had six strikeouts in five unequal innings. The right-hander, whose only defeat this season was against the Mets in April, has not lost at home since August 27, 2020 – a stretch of 18 straight starts, tying the longest streak in modern-day franchise history.
Giants 3B Evan Longoria has been ruled offside due to a blocked left shoulder.
Giants RHP Jakob Junis (1-1, 2.70 ERA) has not won since beating the Nationals in his season debut on April 22. The Mets plan to call LHP Thomas Szapucki of the Triple-A Syracuse to make their first major league start in the series. final wednesday.
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