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By Jeremy Kahn
NEW YORK — Bruce Bochy began his major-league career just a few 100 feet away from Citi Field, and on this night, he made team history.
The San Francisco Giants scored six runs in the top of the 10th inning, to give Bochy his 1,000th win as manager of the Giants with a 9-3 victory over the New York Mets before a crowd of 24,878 at Citi Field.
Bochy joins John McGraw as the only manager to ever win 1,000 or more games with the Giants in the teams 137-year history.
What a special night with the way they played, said Bochy.
It was on July 19, 1978 that Bochy made his major-league debut for the Houston Astros as a 23-year old catcher.
This is a special place, and I played here as well, said Bochy, who played in 17 games for the Mets during the 1982 under manager George Bamberger.
McGraw won 2,583 games between 1902-1932, which included like Bochy, three World Championships in 1905, 1921 and 1922.
This was the fourth win in five games for the Giants, who lost seven in a row prior to their win on Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. With the victory, the Giants are now 4-1 in extra inning games this season.
Tyler Austin got the rally going in the top of the 10th inning as he singled off of losing pitcher Robert Gsellman, who allowed five runs on three hits and walked two in 1/3 of an inning.
Following the Austin single, Brandon Belt walked and then both Austin and Belt, advanced an additional 90 feet, when Gsellman uncorked a wild pitch with Stephen Vogt at the plate. Vogt then gave the Giants the lead for good, as he lashed a double into right field that scored both Austin and Belt.
After a Kevin Pillar ground out for the first out of the inning, Brandon Crawford was intentionally walked; however, the strategy backfired on the Mets, as Steven Duggar doubled off of Gsellmans shoulder into short left field that scored Vogt and sent Crawford to third base. That was the end of the line for Gsellman, and Hector Santiago replaced Gsellman, who left to a chorus of boos from the Citi Field faithful.
Special night for Boch, and it was an honor to be back there like that, said Vogt. Admired him from across the Bay in Oakland, and I want what they have a World Championship, Vogt added.
This is the franchise I grew up loving, said Vogt, who grew up in Visalia.
Pablo Sandoval then greeted Santiago rather rudely, as he doubled to left field to score both Crawford and Duggar. Joe Panik then popped out for the second out of the inning, and then Mike Yastrzemski singled to right field and when the ball skipped by Michael Conforto all the way to the wall, Sandoval scored and Yastrzemski ended up on third with a single and two-base error. The bleeding finally came to an end, when Austin, who was batting for the second time in the inning, struck out to end the frame.
Madison Bumgarner was cruising into the bottom of the sixth inning until he gave two home runs in the frame. It was the second home run of the inning, as Pete Alonso led off the sixth inning with a solo home run on the first pitch thrown by Bumgarner in the inning. It was the 20th home run of the season for Alonso.
Wilson Ramos gave the Mets a brief 3-2 lead, as he hit a two-run home run three batters after Alonso.
J.D. Davis walked with one out just prior to the Ramos home run, his seventh of the season that made a winner out of Noah Syndergaard, who was replaced by Mets manager Mickey Callaway with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
Bumgarner went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five and did not fare in the decision.
I love that man, its been an honor to manage this man, help him jell and he is one of my all-time favorites, said Bochy.
Syndergaard, who left with a 3-2 lead also did not fare in the decision, as he went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking three and striking out four. This was the 100th career appearance for Syndergaard and 99th start.
The Giants got to Syndergaard in the top of the fourth inning, as Evan Longoria led off the inning with a walk, then Belt singled and after a Vogt fly out for the first out of the inning, Kevin Pillar gave the Giants the lead, as he singled off of Syndergaard to score Longoria.
Duggar then made it 2-0, as he singled to score Belt.
After the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Giants came back to tie it in the top of the seventh inning with some clutch hitting.
Sandoval came on to pinch-hit for Bumgarner, but was then forced out by Mike Yastrzemski at second base for the second out of the inning. With Yastrzemski running on the pitch, Evan Longoria lined a single to left field off of reliever Seth Lugo, who came on to replace Syndergaard after the Yastrzemski fielders choice.
Belt then tied up the game, as he doubled to right field to easily score Yastrzemski from third base; however, Longoria was thrown out at the plate, when Michael Conforto threw to Adeiny Hechavarria, who threw to Ramos at the plate to end the inning.
Coming into the game, Bumgarner was a perfect 6-0 in six starts and two complete games all-time at Citi Field with two complete games, if you include the 2016 Wild Card Game.
In his career, Bumgarner is 6-0 in seven starts and the Mets are the only team to never defeat him.
Glad to see him get that, pretty cool, I actually did not know that, said Bumgarner. He is one of my best friends in the game, Bumgarner added.
NOTES: With the 2019 draft taking place across the Hudson River in Secaucus, New Jersey, the Giants drafted Hunter Bishop out of Arizona State with the 10th pick in the first round. Bishop, who went to Serra High School in San Mateo hit a team-high 22 home runs for the Sun Devils this past season.
Logan Wyatt, a first baseman from the University of Louisville was drafted in the second round to complete the first day.
Eight more players were drafted on the second day. Third-round pick Grant McCray, Tyler Fitzgerald, Garrett Frechette, Dilan Rosario, Armani Smith, who went to De La Salle High School in Concord, Caleb Kilian, Simon Whiteman and Jeff Houghtby to round out the second day.
Yastrzemski became just the sixth Giants player since they moved to San Francisco in 1958 to get at seven hits and seven runs in his first eight games, this according to STATS, LLC.
Alonso reached the 20 home run plateau faster than any Mets player in team history, as he did it in 59 games. Also, is the seventh player since 1908 with 20 or more home runs in his first 59 games.
Only Darryl Strawberry in 1983 with 26 hit more home runs as a rookie than Alonso in Mets history.
UP NEXT: Tyler Beede looks for his first major league win, as he takes the mound on Wednesday night, while the Mets will send Jason Vargas to the mound, as he looks for second win of the season.