Apr 30, 2016 7:31 PM by Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores homered and the New York Mets won their eighth in a row, building an early lead for Jacob deGrom and holding off the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Saturday.
The crowd of 44,466 was the largest for a regular-season game at Citi Field since the park opened in 2009, with a lot of fans attracted by the Noah Syndergaard Garden Gnome giveaway.
The Mets almost gave away the game, too.
Ahead 6-3 in the eighth inning, they walked a pair of batters and let the Giants load the bases with no outs. Hunter Pence's bid for a go-ahead grand slam was caught just in front of the center-field wall for a sacrifice fly.
Brandon Crawford followed with another sacrifice fly, a liner that right fielder Curtis Granderson jumped to backhand on the warning track.
Jeurys Familia took over in the ninth and closed for his eighth save in as many chances.
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