Harvey NewFeat_Image The 4th place N.L. East Mets opened up a series against the N.L West 4th place San Fran Giants last night.  With their ace Matt Harvey on the mound, the Mets were looking to make it two in a row.  Two time Cy Young award winner, short haired Tim Lincecum, was on the bump for the Giants.  The sellout crowd was ready for a battle of two aces....they got that and a lot more.For the first four innings, it was a tale of two pitchers.The way Lincecum was pitching, I really thought I was about to witness history.  Lincecum was dealing and with the exception of a walk, he mowed the Mets down with no issues for the first four innings with a fastball that didn't crack 91.  Harvey, who seemed to be struggling a little, gave up a two run bomb to Buster "that can't be his real first name" Posey putting the Mets in an early hole.  The Giants drove Harvey's pitch count up early getting up to 50 pitches for only two innings.  He did, however, only throw 9 pitches to get out of the bottom of the third inning.The top of the fifth was when the game changed. Marlon Byrd was the first Met to reach first base leading off the top of the fifth and was driven home by a John Buck double. The Mets were on the board and Harvey, with 79 pitches, took the mound for the bottom of the fifth and held the Giants down.  Eric Young smacked a leadoff triple to start the 6th inning and Murphy pushed him in with a dying quail shot that Andres Torres failed to catch.  David Wright hit a hot shot that Sandoval snagged.  Sandoval could've gotten up and gunned out Wright going to first but instead went for a double play which not only failed but caused an error that put Murphy at third, Wright at first and the got Giant bullpen cranking.  The Mets would take the lead on a fielder's choice.  Byrd kept the inning going with the second triple of the inning but was stranded.Harvey buckled down for the bottom of the sixth inning giving up only a two out single to....who else...Buster "why did my parents even give me that name" Posey.  Lincecum held the Mets hitless for the top of the 7th and left the game after 103 pitches.  Harvey gave up a triple to Hunter Pence to lead off the bottom of the frame and gave up the lead with a single by Crawford.With the game knotted at 3, each team went to their bullpen and sent the game into extras.....real nice for a Saturday afternoon, not so good when it's one in the morning.  But hey, I love the Mets.David Wright drew a walk in the top of the 8th with two outs but was picked off trying to steal second.  Met pitcher Carlos Torres took the bottom of the eighth and set the Giants down. Sergio Romo, the Giants' closer, was brought in for the top of the ninth to get two outs and one out in the top of the tenth.  The Giants would send up Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford to face Torres in the bottom of the ninth and with the exception of a Crawford hit, Torres retired the side.Jose Mijares took over for the Giants in the 10th to get two outs and he did just that.  Sandy Rosario took over for the Giants for the top of the 11th and set down Young and Murphy but walked Wright and gave up a single to Davis that put runners on the corners for Marlon Byrd.  Davis stole second and was poised to score on a single and it looked like one when Byrd hit the ball on the screws toward short stop but a fantastic play by Crawford ended the inning.The Giants had a chance to end the game in the bottom of the 11th when Posey hit a pop fly that Murphy called but couldn't catch.  With Posey on second an intentional walk was issued to Sandoval.  After Pence flied out deep, Scott Rice was brought in to face Brandon Crawford who flied out as well.  Giant pitcher Jake Dunning came in to pitch the top of the 12th and gave up a lead off hit to Captain Kirk Nieuwenhuis and after Buck failed to advance him, Sandoval made a great catch of a line drive from Omar Quintanilla that doubled off Kirk and ended the inning.Greg Burke took to the mound for the bottom of the 12th and stranded two runners in scoring position to send the game to the 13th.  Dunning set the Mets down in order in the 13th. In the bottom of the 13th,  Burke gave up a single to Sandoval and a double to Crawford.  Former Met Andres Torres was walked to load the bases with two outs so that Burke could face ice cold Cole Gillespie who was looking for his first hit as a Giant.He didn't get it.It would go on until the 16 inning when Crawford would boot a ball with Young on third that would score the go ahead run.  Parnell would come in a get the save. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Side Notes:  The Giants manged only 3 hits for the five innings yet drove up Harvey's pitch count by fouling off a ton of fast balls.  I know Lucus Duda is scheduled to come off the DL soon but if I'm Sandy Alderson, I'm finding a way to keep Eric Young on the diamond.  I was really impressed with the Met infield tonight.  The Ump behind the plate needed glasses...or at least an eye exam.  Some of the strikes he called last night were the kind you see in a tee ball game when the kid at the plate is afraid to swing the bat because he doesn't want to hurt the ball and everyone wants to go home.