Bullpen Woes Follow Mets Back Home From the Road

Bruce Bochy joined John McGraw as the only Giants managers to win 1,000 regular-season games when the San Francisco Giants beat the Mets, 9-3, behind Stephen Vogt’s tiebreaking, two-run double in the 10th inning on Tuesday.

As Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard squared off in a rematch of their duel in the 2016 National League wild-card game, neither pitcher was as stellar this time. The Giants went ahead 2-0, the Mets came back to take the lead and then the bullpen faltered again.

Bochy announced during spring training he was retiring after this season, his 13th during a run with the Giants that has included three World Series titles. He has 1,951 wins over all in a managing career that started with a dozen years in San Diego. McGraw led the New York Giants to 2,583 wins from 1902-32.

Appearing for the fifth time in an eight-day span, Robert Gsellman (1-1) gave up a single to pinch-hitter Tyler Austin leading off the 10th, walked Brandon Belt and bounced a wild pitch. Vogt lined a changeup over leaping Michael Conforto and off the right-field fence.

Steven Duggar got an R.B.I. double on a comebacker that Gsellman tried to grab with his glove behind his back and rebounded toward shortstop, Pablo Sandoval added a two-run double off Héctor Santiago and Mike Yastrzemski added an R.B.I. single.

Mark Melancon (2-0) pitched a perfect ninth.

Bumgarner failed to hold a 2-0, sixth-inning lead when Wilson Ramos hit a solo homer and Pete Alonso hit a two-run drive. Alonso’s 20 home runs are second among Mets rookies behind Darryl Strawberry’s 26 in 1983.

Bumgarner had given up three earned runs in 51 career innings at Citi Field, including the wild-card game, before allowing three in the sixth. He remained 6-0 in the regular-season against the Mets, the only N.L. team not to defeat him.

In his 100th appearance, Syndergaard fell behind in the fourth, hurt by a pair of walks. Kevin Pillar hit an R.B.I. single, and Duggar dumped a run-scoring single in front of Conforto.

Syndergaard was removed after 6⅔ innings and 103 pitches. He muttered to himself, then went to the dugout and stared at the field.

Seth Lugo came in and allowed Belt’s tying double.


Ron Darling returned to the SNY broadcast booth for the first time since April 13, following surgery to treat thyroid cancer. “I feel great,” he said.

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