SAN FRANCISCO — Joc Pederson turned a pair of pregame chats with home run king Barry Bonds into the best night of his career.
Pederson homered three times and drove in a career-high eight runs, including a two-out single in the ninth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Mets, 13-12, on Tuesday in one of the craziest imaginable.
“Just getting some knowledge of such a great hitter and how he thinks about baseball and hitting, it helped me connect a few dots to clear my mind at home plate,” said Pederson. “I will never be Barry Bonds. He is the best hitter to hit a bat. But it definitely helped free my mind in the box.
Brandon Crawford hit a game-winning single against Edwin Díaz. The Giants – after losing a late six-point lead – somehow recovered to pull off two unlikely comebacks themselves.
Francisco Lindor homered and drove in six runs for the Mets, including a homerun triple that put them ahead in a seven-run eighth.
Pederson was preparing for the game when he and teammate LaMonte Wade Jr. spent 30 minutes with Bonds at the Giants clubhouse. Pederson and Bonds chatted again in a private office before Pederson politely excused himself.
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“Next thing you know, it was like 6:25 p.m. and I was like, ‘I gotta go,'” Pederson said.
San Francisco squandered an 8-2 cushion by allowing two runs in the seventh and seven in the eighth to fall behind, 11-8. Pederson tied with a three-run homer in the bottom half, but the Giants trailed, 12-11, in the ninth before rallying with two outs and none to stun New York and end their five-game losing streak .
“He was joking about it after his first, about talking to Barry,” Giants starter Logan Webb said of Pederson. “Then he hit the second, then he hit the third and it was like, man, this guy is something else. You’re not going to cheat him with anything. He tries to do that every time at the stick.
Pederson threw a pair of two-run homers against Mets starter Chris Bassitt. San Francisco’s plummeting cleanup hitter then crushed his third homer of the night, a three-run drive into McCovey Cove off reliever Drew Smith with two outs in the eighth to erase New’s 11-8 lead. York.
“He had a great night against us,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “We missed a lot of places with fastballs tonight. That’s not how we did most of the time, so tonight was a challenge for us.
The Mets had taken the lead in the ninth on Brandon Nimmo’s sacrificial volley after Dominic Smith’s starting triple.
But in the bottom half, Mike Yastrzemski walked with two outs and Darin Ruf scored a single. Pederson’s single tied it and Crawford, who hit three earlier, followed with a sharp single from Díaz (1-1) that drove Ruf in.
It was the third missed save for Díaz. John Brebbia (2-0) picked up the win.
Trevino’s big day ends Yankees’ losing streak
Jose Trevino stood next to his pinstriped teammates, hands on their heads, looking around at the celebration he had just sparked at Yankee Stadium.
Exactly the moment he and his father dreamed of together. Until the death of Joe Trevino in 2013.
Tears welled up in Jose’s eyes as the moment settled. It was the best birthday present he could have given his father.
“It would have been great for him to be here,” he said. “But I know he’s watching.”
Trevino hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning to rally the ailing Yankees past the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on Tuesday night, ending a three-game skid and capping an emotional day that also included his second homer of the season and a simple equalizer in the seventh.
Trevino started what would have been Joe Trevino’s 69th birthday by sipping coffee from his father’s favorite mug. He ended it with a most unexpected moment for a player acquired just before Opening Day as a backup receiver.
Joe Trevino had lived this moment with his son again and again.
“My dad was a big Yankees fan,” Jose Trevino said. “He would always put me in those scenarios. He always said, “Ninth inning, minus one, you need a hit here to tie the game or win the game at Yankee Stadium.”
“He always said, like, ‘I’m grooming you to be a Yankee, always,'” he added.
Trevino’s solo homer in the third helped New York take a 3-0 lead, and his single in the seventh tied it at 5.
Austin Hays hit an RBI pitch to the lead of 11th-place winner Clarke Schmidt (3-2), adding to his solo homer that helped the Orioles erase their early deficit and pressure the Yankees to score late in the inning.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa tackled auto-runner Gleyber Torres – who was successful twice – to equalize, spoiling Bryan Baker’s bid for his first big league stoppage. Marwin Gonzalez followed with another single, and Trevino then burned Baker’s game-winning shot (1-2) into the left-field corner.
Trevino raised his arms as he spun first, then was swarmed near second base by his teammates. The freshman Yankee stepped out of the fray and briefly soaked up the stage on his own.
“You can wear stripes, you have fun with them and you enjoy them,” the 29-year-old said. “And even if you wear them, you don’t wear them forever, so enjoy them while you have them.”
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Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Trevino combined six hits from the last three pitches on the order, which helped the Yankees overcome injuries to DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton. LeMahieu was scratched shortly before the first pitch due to left wrist discomfort, and Stanton was replaced by pinch hitter Estevan Florial in the seventh due to right calf tightness.
LeMahieu had an MRI which came back clean. He received a cortisone injection but could be back in a day or two. Stanton will have an MRI on Wednesday.
The Yankees also added closer Aroldis Chapman to the injured list on Tuesday, and sluggers Joey Gallo and Josh Donaldson remain on the Covid-19 IL Gonzalez, who replaced LeMahieu at third, was hit by a pitch in the right hand in the seventh but stayed in the game.