Giants fall 4-3 to Mets in 16 innings

  • New York Mets' Eric Young Jr. (22) steals second base in front of San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford during the sixteenth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The New York Mets and San Francisco Giants are tied 3-3 after 15 innings. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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.

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