SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Dickerson raced home from first on a botched fly ball to shallow left field with two outs in the 10th inning and the San Francisco Giants won their season-high seventh straight game, 1-0 over the New York Mets on Friday night.
On a night dominated by starting pitchers Jacob deGrom of New York and Tyler Beede of San Francisco, it took a misplay in the field to score the only run of the game. Pablo Sandoval hit a fly ball off Jacob Rhame (0-1) that looked like it would be a routine out to end the inning. But left fielder Dominic Smith came in and misplayed the ball for an error, perhaps distracted by shortstop Amed Rosario.
Dickerson never stopped running and scored when cutoff man Todd Frazier’s throw home was off target, sending the Giants pouring out of the dugout in celebration. The victory lifted the Giants’ record to 49-49, the first time they have been at .500 since the start of the season.
Sam Dyson (4-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win
Both starting pitchers were sharp, with Beede retiring 11 straight batters following a leadoff single by Jeff McNeil and allowing only one runner to get into scoring position. He was extremely efficient, needing just 89 pitches to get through a career-high eight innings. He allowed just three hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
Reigning NL Cy Young winner deGrom was far more overpowering with 10 strikeouts in seven innings, inducing 25 swings and misses. The Giants had only three hits but put runners in scoring position in the final three innings against deGrom.
They were unable to convert on any of those chances, with the best opportunity going to waste in the sixth when deGrom stranded runners on first and second by striking out Sandoval with a nasty slider and Stephen Vogt with a 99 mph fastball. The night ended for deGrom after he got Joe Panik to fly out to end the seventh with a runner on third base on his 108th pitch of the game.
Mets: Zack Wheeler (right shoulder) threw 13 pitches off the mound and played catch before the game. If he comes out of that feeling well he could be ready for a bullpen session. … RHP Tyler Bashlor and RHP Stephen Nogosek were recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to add fresh arms to the bullpen. RHP Chris Mazza and INF Luis Guillorme were optioned to Syracuse.
Giants: LHP Ty Blach was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to take the place of LHP Williams Jerez, who was optioned after getting the win Thursday night.
With five strikeouts in the first three innings, deGrom moved past Ron Darling for sixth in Mets history with 1,149. He added five more and is 18 behind David Cone for fifth.
Jeff Samardzija (7-7) looks to win his fourth straight start when he takes the mound for the Giants against rookie Walker Lockett (0-1) and the Mets.