NEW YORK (AP) - Jake Peavy has an 8.61 ERA after five starts, and some of his other numbers are even worse. Still, the San Francisco pitcher is confident he’ll come around.
“I know I’ve got to be better. I’m not OK with anything that’s happened,” Peavy said after the New York Mets chased him during a 12-run third inning Friday night. “But go back and change a few things in those first starts, they weren’t as far off as the numbers said they were. Two innings tonight, I felt just the way I want to feel.”
Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets broke a team record for runs in an inning, rolling to their seventh straight victory with a 13-1 blowout of the Giants.
Peavy (1-2) got only six outs on 70 pitches. The 34-year-old right-hander walked five in two-plus innings and was charged with six runs and four hits. He’s allowed 39 hits and seven walks in 23 innings this season.
“I’m not concerned with thinking anything’s going the wrong way. That being said, we’ve got to figure out a way to get some results in this next start,” Peavy said.
Cespedes set a club mark with six RBIs in the big inning, connecting for a two-run single off Peavy and a grand slam against reliever Mike Broadway that capped the outburst.
It was Peavy’s shortest start without leaving due to injury since he lasted only one inning for San Diego against Philadelphia on June 2, 2009.
“He was a slow starter last year,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I still believe he will come back and be the guy he was last year when he came back from the injury and off the DL. But it’s a tough time for him. I mean, he’s trying so hard. He wants to get us deep in the game, and he’s just having a hard time hitting the spots.”
The early barrage made it an easy night for Steven Matz (3-1) in the opener of a three-game series between the last two NL champions. The left-hander tossed six shutout innings to win his third consecutive start.
Michael Conforto had an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the Mets’ third, which lasted 39 minutes. He and Cespedes were two of the four players who scored twice. Asdrubal Cabrera greeted Broadway with a two-run double.
The first eight New York batters reached safely, four on walks, before Matz struck out trying to bunt. Curtis Granderson, David Wright and Conforto then singled before Cespedes launched his third career slam into the left-field corner.
“It wasn’t like I was spraying it everywhere. It really felt a whole lot better than the five walks,” said Peavy, who beat Miami 7-2 in his previous start. “I just couldn’t quite make a pitch there early in the third inning. There were some balls I thought were close.”
It was the biggest inning against the Giants since they gave up 13 runs in the sixth to the Montreal Expos in San Francisco on May 7, 1997.
“One of those freaky things that you don’t ever expect to have against a team as good as the Giants,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Angel Pagan homered for the Giants in the seventh. San Francisco had won five of six.
“This is going to be a great test for us this weekend,” Collins said before the game. “Two good teams going head to head, with big expectations.”
Back in the lineup after missing five starts with a bruised right thigh, Cespedes set another franchise record by getting an extra-base hit for the ninth straight game - also a career best.
New York (14-7) has won 12 of 14 and owns the longest current winning streak in the majors.
Giants: RHP Sergio Romo and RHP George Kontos threw before the game. Each reliever is on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain. Romo plans to play catch from 75 feet again Saturday. “They feel fine, so they’re on their way,” Bochy said. … 2B Joe Panik felt a little tightness in his groin as he broke out of the batter’s box in the ninth inning. He said he thinks he’s fine but “we’ll just check it” on Saturday. … Backup catcher Andrew Susac (shoulder) went on the disabled list at Triple-A Sacramento. Susac developed tendinitis in his right wrist this spring following season-ending surgery in September last year. “It’s really been amazing, and unfortunate, what he’s had to go through,” Bochy said. “It is a shame.”
Mets: Wright will be rested Saturday, Collins said.
Giants: RHP Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season Saturday afternoon. Cain is 0-5 since his most recent win on July 22 last year at San Diego.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54) makes his third start of the year. He won Sunday in Atlanta after missing two turns due to a strained lat muscle and health complications involving his newborn son. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in two starts against San Francisco.
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