NEW YORK — In their 61st game, the Giants finally got walked off.
Michael Cuddyer’s single off Sergio Romo in the bottom of the ninth gave the Mets a 5-4 win at Citi Field and kept the Giants from their first sweep in New York in 13 years.
Curtis Granderson was hit by an 0-2 pitch with one out in the ninth and moved into scoring position when a fastball bounced off Andrew Susac’s glove and went to the backstop. After a grounder to second, Romo intentionally walked left-handed hitter Lucas Duda. Cuddyer hit the first pitch he saw into center field, ending the game.
Through three innings, Tim Lincecum looked like he might take a run at matching Chris Heston’s New York no-no. He struck out four of the first 10 hitters he faced and had allowed just one baserunner (on a walk) as he took the mound for the fourth.
A second walk and an error put two runners on, and with two outs Travis D’Arnaud popped up to shallow right and broke up the no-hitter when the ball dropped between a stretching Buster Posey and right fielder Justin Maxwell. Lincecum’s pitch count was too high for history, anyway, and he wouldn’t make it out of the next inning.
The Giants led 2-1 entering the fifth but Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese got the home team going with a hard double over Angel Pagan’s head in center. Granderson followed with a single and Duda’s fly to deep right tied the game. Cuddyer put the Mets on top with a double.
With a little help from the Mets shaky infield, the Giants bounced right back. A two-out error at third put Justin Maxwell on in the sixth and Brandon Crawford hit his ninth homer of the year, tying Posey for the team lead. Hunter Strickland gave the lead back in the bottom of the seventh.
Starting pitching report: Lincecum failed to make it out of the fifth inning for the second time in three starts. He was charged with three runs — two earned — on four hits and three walks. Lincecum struck out five.
Bullpen report: It was a forgettable night for Strickland, who gave up a hit to all three batters he faced. Pinch-hitter Darrell Ceciliani led off with a double into the left-field corner and Granderson lined the game-tying hit up the middle when Strickland left a 96 mph fastball up over the plate. When Juan Lagares singled to left, Strickland’s night was done.
At the plate: No matter how this one ended up, the Giants were going to regret how the first inning played out. They had Niese on the ropes after opening up with three singles and a walk, but Maxwell hit into a double play and Brandon Crawford grounded out to second. Niese trailed just 2-0 and retired 14 of the next 16.
In the field: The biggest play in this one may have been a double play in the seventh, when the Mets had two on with no outs. Javier Lopez got Lucas Duda to pound the ball into the ground and Posey made a good throw to short, where Crawford immediately tagged the bag and fired back to Lopez at first for the 3-6-1 double play.
Attendance: The Mets didn’t announce a number. It would not have been big.
Up next: Three against the Diamondbacks, who send Chase Anderson, Josh (Giants killer) Collmenter and Rubby De La Rosa to the bump. The Giants counter with Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston.