SAN FRANCISCO – A bloop here, a blast there and Buck Showalter got to celebrate his birthday with a bash Monday.
How about a piñata, cake and smack down of the Giants? It was all there for the Mets manager. Maybe the only thing missing was a juggling clown on a fire truck.
The baseball portion of the program included a strong performance from David Peterson in his return to the rotation, hits of all sizes and solid relief in a 13-3 victory at Oracle Park that necessitated a ninth-inning pitching appearance by Giants outfielder Luis Gonzalez. The Mets (29-15) won for the fifth time in six games and moved to 14 above .500 for the first time Oct. 4, 2015.
A surprise pregame gathering celebrated Showalter’s 66th birthday. The manager was blindfolded and led to the indoor batting cage where a piñata awaited for Showalter to swipe at with a bat as players cheered for him. Showalter also received a cake.
Mark Canha and Pete Alonso both homered in the Mets’ win over the Giants.AP
But Showalter’s best gift might have been a wacky five-run third inning in which the Mets built a 5-2 lead for Peterson. The rally took shape with two outs, after Brandon Nimmo legged out an infield single to extend the inning. Starling Marte’s squib infield single loaded the bases before Francisco Lindor hit a bloop to left field that Darin Ruf overran at the…