New York Mets’ Rene Rivera, right, is met at the plate by teammate Curtis Granderson after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 25, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
By Jeremy Kahn
SAN FRANCISCO-It seems that the New York Mets have the San Francisco Giants number just eight months after the two teams met in the Wild Card game.
Rene Rivera hit two solo home runs, helping the Mets to a 8-2 victory over the Giants to complete the three-game sweep before a crowd of 41,137, the 524th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.
The Giants have now lost five in a row and have been swept six times during the 2017 season.
This is the first time that the Mets have swept the Giants at AT&T Park since July 8-10, 2013, and this is the second sweep by the Mets this season. They also swept the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park from April 10-12.
Rafael Montero pitched 5.2 strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits, while walking two and striking out seven on his way to his first win of the season against four losses.
With the five wins over the Giants during the 2017 season, this is the third time since the 2000 season that the Mets defeated the Giants five times in the same season. During the 2008 season, the Mets won five out of six and then during the 2009 season, the Mets won five out of eight.
The two home runs by Rivera, one by Jay Bruce and one by Curtis Granderson broke the team record for most home runs in a month in team history. The previous record was 45 set during the month of August-2016.
Seven different Mets players picked up two hits each, as the Mets pounded out 14 hits in the game.
During the three-game sweep by the Mets, they scored 24 runs on 44 hits and hit seven home runs.
Matt Moore lasted just 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out five, as his record on the season is now 3-8.
Granderson got the Mets on the board in the top of the first inning, as he walked against Moore, went to second on a Moore wild pitch, then advanced an additional 90 feet on a fly ball by Asdrubal Cabrera and then scored on a Bruce groundout.
Lucas Duda picked up two hits on the afternoon, including a RBI double that scored Wilmer Flores to give the Mets a commanding 5-1 in the top of the fifth inning. Duda was also on base after he hit a single off of Moore prior to Rivera’s first home run in the top of the second inning.
This was the first multi-home run game of Rivera’s career, and the 15th multi-home run game of the season for the Mets, while the Giants as a team, only have two on the season. Madison Bumgarner hit two home runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Opening day (April 2) and then five days later (April 7), Brandon Belt hit two home runs against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Buster Posey drove in the both runs on the afternoon for the Giants, as he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Denard Span and then hit a ground ball to Cabrera that scored Conor Gillaspie from third base.
Hunter Strickland pitched the ninth inning for the Giants, and allowed a home run to Granderson.
Bruce hit his 20th home run in the top of the eighth inning, it is the ninth time in Bruce’s career that he hit 20 or more home runs in a single season.
NOTES: Jeff Samardzija looks to get the Giants back into the win column on Monday night, as he takes the mound in the opener of the three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, while German Marquez takes the mound for the Rockies.
Strickland is back with the team after sitting out the last six games due to the suspension he received from major league baseball after hitting Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper with a pitch on May 29.
Austin Slater was forced to leave the game with a tight right hip flexor.