NEW YORK -- It had been exactly two years since the Giants won a game that they trailed after eight innings, their offense consistently unable to provide late drama. But the Mets are experts in all sorts of drama. Amidst that perfect storm, the Giants came from behind against Mets closer Jeurys Familia to score four runs in the ninth on Wednesday, earning a 6-5 win to avoid a series sweep at Citi Field.
"That's that never-give-in, never-quit attitude that we pride ourselves in having," Giants right-hander George Kontos said. "Hopefully we can find a little bit more of that moving forward."
Over the past two years, the Giants had lost 133 consecutive games when trailing after eight. They began the process of unspooling that streak when Familia walked Joe Panik with one out in a one-run game in the ninth. The next batter, Eduardo Nunez, hit a would-be double play ball to third base, but Wilmer Flores threw wide of second for an error.
The rally spoiled an otherwise strong effort from New York's bullpen, which had delivered nine consecutive shutout innings this series. The Mets leaned heavily on their relievers again after starting pitcher Tommy Milone, making his Mets debut, departed with a 3-1 lead in the sixth.
"We're right there," said Flores, who rallied for two in the bottom of the ninth with a double. "We're right where we want to be. Just a little mistake cost us the game."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bruce to the bridge: The Mets took their first lead when Jay Bruce smacked his 10th home run off the facing of the Shea Bridge complex in right-center field. Bruce's solo shot traveled a projected 436 feet, according to Statcast™, making it his longest since joining the Mets this past August.
Three in a row: By far the most productive Giant this week, Posey led off the second inning with a home run off Milone, his fifth of the season and third in three games. Posey attributed his power surge with "being shorter to the ball" -- keeping his swing compact, which includes kicking his front (left) leg less.
The only other run the Giants mustered off Milone was of the inherited variety, when Justin Ruggiano hit a sixth-inning sacrifice fly off reliever Fernando Salas.
"I hadn't started a game in two and a half weeks," said Milone, who also contributed an RBI single. "It's not an ideal situation. But I was happy with the performance. I was still able to go out there and compete, throw strikes and keep the team in the game."
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Mets reliever Hansel Robles recorded two outs in the seventh to extend his career-best scoreless streak to 14 innings. He has struck out 15 batters during the streak. Until the Giants' rally in the ninth, Mets relievers had combined to deliver 11 consecutive shutout innings.
FROM THE TRAINER'S ROOM
Both Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielder Michael Conforto pinch-hit despite battling minor injuries. Cabrera's left thumb sprain, which has kept him out of the starting lineup since Saturday, struck out with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. Two innings later, Conforto singled with two outs and the bases empty. He did not start due to mild hamstring soreness.
SO LONG, ADAM
The Twins announced Wednesday that they claimed left-hander Adam Wilk, who gave up six runs in a spot start for Matt Harvey on Sunday, off waivers from the Mets. Wilk will join Minnesota's active roster.
WHAT'S NEXT Giants: San Francisco will receive an immediate chance at redemption as it opens a four-game home series Thursday at 7:15 p.m. PT on MLB.TV against the Reds, who swept them in three games this past weekend. Left-hander Ty Blach, who surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) and 11 hits in three innings to the Reds on Saturday, will start the series opener.
Mets: Following an off-day Thursday, Harvey will return to the rotation when the Mets open up a six-game road trip Friday in Milwaukee. Harvey has not pitched since the Mets suspended him three days for not showing up to Citi Field for a game last Saturday. He will oppose right-hander Matt Garza in Friday's 8:10 p.m. ET opener at Miller Park on MLB.TV.