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By Jeremy Kahn
NEW YORK — Todd Frazier gave the New York Mets the win on one swing off the bat against Mark Melancon.
Frazier hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Melancon, helping the Mets to a 7-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 28,857 at Citi Field.
He golfed it out, he is a pretty good hitter, said Bruce Bochy.
Following the Frazier two-run home run, Melancon then gave up a single to Adeiny Hechavarria and then a double to Juan Lagares that saw Hechavarria blow through the stop of third-base coach Gary Disarcina to give the Mets a 6-3 lead.
Jeff McNeil drove in the final run of the game, as he singled to right field to score Lagares. In all, Melancon faced 10 batters in that one inning, giving up four runs on five hits, walking one and did not strike out a batter.
It was a tough no-decision for Shaun Anderson, who went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking three and striking out three.
The game did not start well for Anderson, as he gave up back-to-back home runs to lead off the game to Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith.
Thats all you get, said Anderson, concerning the trip to the mound by Matt Herges following the back-to-back home runs.
The pitch to Rosario was a fastball and the pitch to Smith was a slider, according to Anderson.
Anderson joins Roger Mason and Bud Black as the only pitchers in Giants history (since 1958) to allow back-to-back home runs to start a game.
Mason did it on April 13, 1987, as he surrendered back-to-back-to-back home runs to Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn and John Kruk in a 13-6 Giants victory at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.
Black was the last Giants pitcher to give up back-to-back home runs to Jacob Brumfield and Bret Boone of the Cincinnati Reds on August 3, 1994, in a 17-4 Giants loss at Candlestick Park.
Former Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler retired the first eight batters he faced, but he then Anderson on the right forearm with two outs in the top of the third inning; however, he regrouped to get Joe Panik to popup to Rosario to end the inning.
Brandon Belt tied up the game with one swing of the bat, as he hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning. Mike Yastrzemski broke up Wheelers bid at a no-hitter, as he led off the inning with a single.
Pablo Sandoval gave the Giants the lead in the top of the sixth inning, as he launched a 438-foot home run into the second deck of the right field seats. It was the second longest home run of the season for the Giants, behind the 441 foot home run by Tyler Austin.
Reyes Moronta was unable to secure the victory for Anderson, as he gave up a bloop single to McNeil to score Lagares, who led off the inning by walking, then Tomas Nido singled and that was the end of Anderson.
I am pretty pissed about that leadoff walk, said Anderson.
Tony Watson came on to replace Moronta, and the only batter he faced, pinch-hitter J.D. Davis grounded into a double play that ended the inning.
What a job Waddy did, said Bochy.
NOTES: This was the first time since May 9 that the Giants gave up back-to-back home runs in a game. Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds turned the trick for the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
As for the Mets, this was the third time in team history that they led off a game with back-to-back home runs. Jose Reyes and Ruben Gotay did it on July 12, 2007 against the Cincinnati Reds, and then on August 16, 2016, Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera went to back-to-back against the Philadelphia Phillies.
UP NEXT: Following the 4-5 road trip thru Miami, Baltimore and New York, the Giants return home for an eight-game home stand beginning on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Drew Pomeranz will take the mound in the opener for the Giants, while Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers.
Jeff Samardzija will face Rich Hill on Saturday, and on Sunday, Madison Bumgarner will face Walker Buehler before a day off on Monday.