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Giants reach a new low in 10-6 loss to Mets

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 10, 2013 at 2:09 am •  Published: July 10, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeremy Affeldt had another poor outing for the Giants. He's merely one example of how things have turned from bad to worse for the defending World Series champions.

Marlon Byrd's two-out grand slam capped a five-run eighth inning and the New York Mets beat San Francisco 10-6 on Tuesday for their third consecutive win.

Affeldt was charged with three of those runs and has given up nine earned runs over his last nine innings, a span of 13 games.

"We're giving up more runs than we're getting and I'm a big part of that," Affeldt said. "I really stink."

A day after needing 16 innings to top the Giants in a game that ended at 12:42 a.m., the Mets squandered leads of 3-2 and 5-3 but scored five times against the Giants bullpen to remain in control. Giants' relievers did not allow an earned run on Monday night.

"It seems like all the hard work is spitting in our face," Affeldt said. "We don't know what else to do but work hard, but it doesn't seem to be getting us anywhere."

The Giants did see some movement Tuesday — downward. Thanks to San Diego's 2-1 win over Colorado, San Francisco dropped into fifth place in the NL West by percentage points.

The Giants haven't seen first place since May 26, when they started a 12-27 run that has put them on the brink of becoming an afterthought.

"We're being tested like we've never been tested before," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Kensuke Tanaka, a veteran of the Japanese League, made his Major League debut a memorable one. He took away a likely home run from Andrew Brown to end the second with a catch above the left field fence. He pumped his fists and smiled as he raced back to the dugout.

"He's been around but he has that excitement when he plays," Giants starter Barry Zito said. "That's great and it's what we needed."

Tanaka also recorded his first big league hit — a single in the fifth inning.

Omar Quintanilla had three hits for the Mets while Byrd and David Wright added two apiece. Wright drew a two-out walk before Byrd's home run off San Francisco reliever Jake Dunning.

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