Something had to give. Friday night it was the long ball.
The Giants tied the game in the top of the ninth inning off a one-out John Bowker solo home run. But the celebration was short lived. In the bottom of the inning Rod Barajas did him one better, smacking the game-winning two-run blast off Sergio Romo, for his second homer of the game, as the Mets won the series opener, 6-4.
It was the fifth home run of the game.
The Mets started things off with a big second inning, as rookie Ike Davis and Barajas went back-to-back with solo home runs off Jonathan Sanchez to put the home team up 3-0. Davis added another jack two innings later, putting the Giants in a difficult 4-1 hole.
But thanks to a pair of runs in the fifth off an Aaron Rowand double and a Mark DeRosa RBI groundout, the Giants kept themselves within striking distance, and gave themselves a chance in the ninth. Bowker capitalized, but it wasn't enough.
Sanchez saw his ERA rise to 3.00 after allowing four runs on seven hits in seven innings, including three home runs.