Andrew McCutchen scored the tiebreaking run on an error in the top of the 13th inning Monday night as the San Francisco Giants outlasted the Mets, 2-1, in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field.
The Giants ended a four-game losing streak to move within seven games of the second wild-card spot in the National League.
Chase d’Arnaud led off the 13th with a single off Tyler Bashlor (0-2), took second on an errant pickoff throw by Bashlor and moved to third on a wild pitch. McCutchen then walked before Joe Panik fouled out. After McCutchen stole second, Buster Posey grounded to first, where Wilmer Flores fired home to catch d’Arnaud.
Brandon Crawford then followed with a seemingly routine pop-up to shallow left. Shortstop Amed Rosario called for the ball, but left fielder Dominic Smith, who began playing the outfield this summer, didn’t slow down and collided with Rosario, who dropped the ball as McCutchen scored. The error was charged to Smith, who had entered as part of a double switch in the 12th.