SAN FRANCISCO – Ronny Cedeno drove in five runs to match his career high, Jason Bay had only his second multi-RBI game this year and the New York Mets beat San Francisco 9-1 Thursday to take three of four from the Giants and win their first series in a month.
Bay had two RBIs as Mets won for the fourth time in five games following a 2-14 slide. His only other multi-RBI game was April 13, when he hit a two-run homer against Philadelphia.
Chris Young (3-5) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked none. He had been 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA in five starts since winning at the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 28.
Hunter Pence had a fourth-inning sacrifice fly for San Francisco, which has lost seven of eight since opening a three-game NL lead over the Dodgers on July 25. Melky Cabrera was a home run shy of a cycle.
Barry Zito (8-8) gave up seven runs, six hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings. San Francisco pitchers walked six in the game and 19 in the series.
New York took a 4-0 lead in the first on Bay's two-run single and Cedeno's two-run double. Zito has a first-inning ERA of 8.10.
David Wright had an RBI single in the second, and run-scoring singles by Bay and Cedeno made it 7-1 in the fifth. Cedeno had another two-run double in the seventh.
NOTES: The Mets had their largest victory margin since routing the Phillies 11-1 on July 3 as they took two of three in that series. ... All-Star R.A. Dickey (14-2, 2.83) goes for the Mets when they play a series opener at San Diego on Friday night. He will be appearing in his second game at Petco Park. ... The Giants are sending RHP Ryan Vogelsong (8-5, 2.22) to the mound in Colorado on Friday night. The NL ERA leader has never lost to the Rockies in 10 appearances. ... Young had last faced the Giants in 2009, when he was 3-0 against them for the Padres. ... Giants C Buster Posey, given the day off, has 19 RBIs since the All-Star break. ... The Giants activated RHP Shane Loux and C Hector Sanchez from the disabled list after optioning OF Justin Christian and C Eli Whiteside to Triple-A Fresno. ... Mets LHP Johan Santana, on the DL with a sprained right ankle, threw his first full bullpen session and it to throw another Sunday.