By Jeremy Kahn
AP photo: The New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes hits a grand slam in the third inning off the San Francisco Giants is congratulated in the Mets dugout
It was the Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets show in the opener of their three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.
Cespedes and his teammates scored a team-record 12 runs in the bottom of the third inning on their way to a 13-1 victory over the Giants at Citi Field.
It was the seventh consecutive victory for the reigning National League Champions, who were led by Cespedes, who drove in a team-record six runs in that third inning off of Giants starter Jake Peavy and reliever Mike Broadway.
Michael Confronto drove in two runs with a double and single, as the Mets spent 39 minutes at the plate in that inning.
The inning began by eight consecutive players getting on base, after starter Steven Matz struck out, Curtis Granderson, David Wright and Confronto all singled and Cespedes cleared the bases with his third career grand slam.
Peavy walked five batters in two innings of work, and allowed six runs on four hits, in seeing his record fall to 1-2 on the season.
Angel Pagan drove in the only run for the Giants, as he hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning.