SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Lincecum was long gone. The few remaining players in the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse sported ice wraps or bandages — or both. Manager Bruce Bochy just rubbed his face and scratched his head, searching for answers to the same questions that have plagued his team for more than a month.
If this wasn't the lowest point of the season for the defending World Series champions, it sure felt like it.
Eric Young Jr. scored on shortstop Brandon Crawford's fielding error with two outs in the 16th inning, and the Giants lost 4-3 to the New York Mets in a game that ended early Tuesday morning.
"That's as frustrating a game as we've had," Bochy said.
After 5 hours, 26 minutes, the Giants had nothing to show for the effort. They went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 18 overall — 13 in the last six innings.
San Francisco has lost 12 of 14 and is a season-high eight games below .500.
"There's frustration," right fielder Hunter Pence said. "We want to stay as positive as we can right now. We've got to get it done. We've got to keep pushing to find a way to turn it around."
Young singled with one out and stole second to start the decisive rally. After he advanced to third on Daniel Murphy's groundout, lefty Javier Lopez entered and intentionally walked David Wright.
Crawford couldn't handle pinch-hitter Anthony Recker's grounder, allowing Young to score and handing New York the victory. The Mets had been 0-3 in games of at least 15 innings this season.
"We've played in some long games and we haven't always come out on the winning side," Recker said. "As soon as the 10th inning started, we were like, 'Are we really going to do this again?'"
It was the longest game in time and innings the Giants had played since losing 1-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 18 innings on May 9, 2001.
Marco Scutaro walked leading off the bottom of the 16th inning, and Buster Posey hit a one-out single for the first five-hit game of his career. But Bobby Parnell regrouped to strike out Pablo Sandoval and retire pinch-hitter Guillermo Quiroz on a grounder for his 16th save.
Posey went 5 for 8, including a two-run homer and two doubles.
Tim Lincecum and Matt Harvey each threw seven innings of three-run ball before the bullpens shut down the opposition. Harvey said a blister on his right index finger has been bothering him his last two starts but he doesn't consider it an issue.
Josh Edgin (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. George Kontos (2-2) allowed the one unearned run in 2 2-3 otherwise solid innings.
"Keep competing, keep fighting. We just have to keep battling," Pence said.
It was the 18th major league game to last at least 14 innings this season, two shy of last year's total, according to STATS.
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