NEW YORK After a ninth-inning collapse Wednesday night, the Giants are guaranteed their first losing season since 2008.
The New York Mets erased a three-run deficit in the ninth, and Josh Satin singled in two runs off Sergio Romo with the bases loaded and two outs to give them a 5-4 victory.
Behind Matt Cain, who went 7 2/3 solid innings, and Gregor Blanco, who hit a two-run homer, the Giants led 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth. Manager Bruce Bochy hoped to avoid using Romo, but the closer was called upon when Santiago Casilla walked two of the first three batters.
Zach Lutz greeted Romo with a run-scoring double, and Juan Centeno followed with an infield RBI single.
Romo got Omar Quintanilla to fly out to right for the second out before Satin hit a line-drive single to left.
The Giants, who had a four-game winning streak halted, had been 56-2 when leading after eight innings.
Romo has given up nine hits in his past four outings but said he is fine physically.
"I'm very proud of that," he said. "It shows the preparation I did this offseason. I was prepared to come into the season. I don't feel tired."
A night after the Mets left the bases loaded during a failed comeback attempt in the ninth, they couldn't get anything going against Cain. He gave up six hits and an unearned run and has a 2.34 ERA since the All-Star break.
"I wasn't going to just shut it down because things weren't going great," Cain said. "You're going to have rough patches. I was just making bad pitches and was a little off mechanically. But you've got to make adjustments."