The San Francisco Giants were hoping to finish out their series with the New York Mets Monday evening with a sweep of their double-header at Citi Field. The Giants took game one handedly, and behind big blasts from Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez and another terrific outing from Madison Bumgarner, the Black and Orange took care of business to take the series with a 7-2 victory.
Pablo Sandoval tied Willie Mays record of 16 striaght games to start a season with a hit with his towering two run homer in the first inning, giving San Francisco the early 2-0 lead. Hector Sanchez backed him up with a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 3-0, then they opening it up in the fourth after Gregor Blanco hit a double off the glove of a diving Jason Bay to make it 5-0.
Justin Turner got one back for the Mets in the fourth, but Hector Sanchez put it out of reach with a two run homer to make it 7-1, his first home run of the season.
Bumgarner (W 3-1) was solid in his eight innings of work on the night, allowing only one run on just three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. It was his third win in as many starts.
Javier Lopez gave up a run and loaded the bases in the eighth to make it 7-2, forcing Clay Hensley into the game. Hensley struck out Ike Davis to end the rally, and the Mets chances in general. Santiago Casilla closed the door in the ninth.
Nate Schierholtz was the MVP of the day, going 6-10 with two triples and a three run homer in the two games on Monday.
As for the Mets' Dillon Gee, he was simply shelled by San Francisco, allowing all seven of their runs while walking one and fanning five in 6.2 innings of work.
Full box score can be found here.
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