SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Hudson has spent most of the season leading the San Francisco Giants to victories. This time, his teammates backed him up on a rare off night.
Michael Morse hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning after Hunter Pence's tying double, and the Giants rallied to beat the New York Mets 5-4 Saturday night to extend baseball's best record.
"It just tells you what kind of team we have," said Morse, who helped teammates tear off his jersey during a wild celebration on the infield. "We find a way."
Angel Pagan had three singles, two RBIs and got on base all five times against his former team. He reached leading off the ninth when catcher Anthony Recker dropped the third strike and his throw pulled Lucas Duda off first base. Mets manager Terry Collins challenged the play but lost.
Pence hit a double that scored Pagan and advanced to third on Buster Posey's deep fly to left-center. After Jenrry Mejia (4-3) intentionally walked Pablo Sandoval, Morse sent a single to deep right and was mobbed by teammates before he reached second.
San Francisco improved to 6-0 at home when Hudson starts.
"I'm as proud of this game as I have been of any of them," said Hudson, who allowed season highs of nine hits and three walks in five innings.
"Even though it was probably my worst game from a pitching standpoint, these kinds of games are very satisfying because these are the games that most of the time your teams lose when your starting pitcher goes out there and doesn't really have his stuff. We were able to battle and win. That's the mark of a championship club."
It was Mejia's first blown save in seven chances. The Mets, who had a team meeting before the game, have lost five straight.
"We're not happy with what's happened but we've been in all the games," Collins said. "All it takes is a base hit here or there to turn things around."
Jeremy Affeldt (2-1) tossed one scoreless inning to help the Giants (41-21) win for the ninth time in 11 games.
Bartolo Colon gave up three runs — one earned — and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Mets. The 41-year-old, who spent the past two seasons across the bay in Oakland, struck out four and walked two.
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