The Mets scored their first run of the game in the first inning on Thursday night, and they wouldn't score again until Friday morning.
After an extremely well-pitched game from the starters, Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner, the game went to extra innings locked at 1-1.
And it stayed that way for six more innings.
Finally, in the top of the 16th, Pete Alonso delivered what could have become his most memorable home run from his incredible rookie season, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead in the early hours of Friday morning.
But the jovial feeling Alonso created in the dugout faded fast, as the Giants quickly rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the 16th after just two batters, and went on to win the game later that inning on a Donovan Solano single.
The deflating loss ended the Mets' four-game win streak.
"I'm sure they felt frustrated at one point too," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "They're feeling better than us right now, but I thought our team showed a lot of heart. Syndergaard did a great job of pitching out of some jams early. Their guys did too. There were a lot of baserunners at third with less than two outs, and nobody got in. It was a tough night to score runs."
Syndergaard danced out of trouble in both the second and seventh innings, allowing leadoff triples in each of those frames. He put together his second straight strong outing, pitching seven innings while allowing just one earned run.
He was matched pitch-for-pitch, and then some, by Bumgarner, who went nine innings allowing just one run, and probably could have pitched longer.
"[He was] mixing his pitches really well," Callaway said about Bumgarner. "I think he wanted to go out for the 10th. I think he was over there lobbying [Bruce Bochy] to go back out there for the 10th because his pitch count was so low, but he just mixed his pitches well. The guy's a competitor, he knows how to pitch. He knows what our hitters are trying to do, he knows how to get them out, and he threw a hell of a game too."
After 15 innings, the Mets had used all of their available pitchers out of the bullpen, with Chris Mazza being the last man to enter the game. Mazza pitched a solid 15th inning, but he quickly relinquished the Mets' lead in the 16th, allowing back-to-back doubles from Alex Dickerson and Brandon Crawford to knot the game at 2-2.
The Giants would eventually load the bases, forcing the Mets to bring in JD Davis (who Callaway said would have been the first position player to pitch) as a fifth infielder, but it was to no avail. Solano singled through the second base hole to deliver the game-ending blow.
"He had a good 15th and then just right away things started happening, so I'm sure he's not used to doing that," Callaway said. "It's probably been a long time since he's thrown two inning back-to-back days. It was a tough situation but in these kind of games, you ask a lot of guys.
"Mazza kept on attacking him and that's what you have to do, you have to keep throwing strikes. A walk right there would be the worst thing because then they just bunt him over and you're really kind of putting yourself in a bind. He made pitches and I thought that Crawford did a good job."