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The Mets Survive in San Francisco

Scott Hairston #12 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants during the tenth inning at AT&T Park on July 30, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

Last night might not have been the prettiest Mets game of all time — Jason Fry has all the details of a game he says the team "thoroughly deserved to lose" — but at this stage, the Mets don't need style points. Their awful post-All-Star break stretch all but killed their playoff hopes, but last night, they won their game in five tries, and that's worth, if not celebrating, at least acknowledging. Scott Hairston — the subject of trade rumors with the deadline approaching —  hit two home runs, including the go-ahead homer in the top of the tenth. And in a game that saw a flurry of scoring late, the Giants' relievers struggled more than those in the Mets' much-maligned bull pen. (The Mets scored four times in the eighth to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead, allowed the Giants to tie the game with two runs in the ninth, scored two more times in top of the tenth, then allowed one run in the bottom half of the inning before holding on for the 8-7 win.) Matt Harvey, who impressed in Arizona last week, makes career start No. 2 in the second game of the four-game set tonight.

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