The New York Mets will try to beat the San Francisco Giants for the fifth time in six tries on Thursday when the two teams play the rubber match of a three-game set from Citi Field.
After losing Tuesday's opener, the Mets bounced back in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, as Josh Satin's two-run single capped a wild four-run ninth inning rally to lift New York to a 5-4 win.
Giants closer Sergio Romo (4-8) retired just one of the five batters he faced and was charged with half of New York's ninth inning production.
Satin, who plated the Mets' first run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth, came up with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth with the Mets down a run. Satin, though, sliced a base hit into left field to plate the deciding runs.
"In the ninth inning, there was just one good bat after another," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "That is exactly what we're trying to do here."
Vic Black (2-0) pitched a perfect top of the ninth to pick up the win.
The Giants, who were aiming for their fifth straight victory, received 7 2/3 strong innings from starter Matt Cain. He allowed just an unearned run and six singles over an impressive outing.
"He was close to getting out of it," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy referring to Romo. "He was a pitch away but we shot ourselves in the foot there with a couple walks."
Getting the call for the Giants on Thursday will be lefty Madison Bumgarner, who is 12-9 with a 2.83 ERA. Bumgarner beat the Los Angeles Dodgers his last time out, as he surrendered two runs and five hits in six innings.
Bumgarner has now gone 18 consecutive starts without allowing more than three earned runs. That's the longest such streak by a Giants starter since Tim Lincecum did so between the 2007 and '08 seasons.
New York, meanwhile, will pin its hopes on a southpaw of its own in Jonathon Niese, who 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA in seven starts since returning from a shoulder injury. Niese defeated Miami on Friday, as he held the Marlins to three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to even his overall mark at 7-7 to go along with a 3.88 ERA.
"I felt that my curveball had a little bit more bite to it," Niese said after the start. "You just find out what works, and today the curveball worked a little bit better than it had earlier in the year. For the most part, I was able to throw it where I wanted to today."
New York swept a three-game series from the Giants in early July.