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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have raced to the best record in the majors with few contributions from two of their biggest stars. Custom Chicago Bulls Jerseys . Buster Posey and Matt Cain started to change that Friday night. Posey hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning for his first long ball in more than a month, Cain made a successful return from the disabled list and the Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games by beating the New York Mets 4-2. "Hes a talented hitter," manager Bruce Bochy said of Posey. "We all have our ups and downs. We talk about that all the time. He saw the ball well tonight." The big blast off Carlos Torres (2-3) capped a three-hit day for Posey, who entered the game with only four hits in his past 42 at-bats at home and no homers since May 3. Angel Pagan started the rally with a leadoff walk against Torres and advanced to second on a groundout. Posey followed with a long drive to left-centre to snap a 93 at-bat homer drought as the Giants (40-21) became the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins. "In that situation youre just trying to get something you can stay in the middle of the field with and try to get that run in from second," Posey said. "Fortunately I got a good pitch I could handle and it went out." Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth on his 35th birthday to get the win. Sergio Romo got three outs for his 19th save in 21 chances. Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer for the Mets, who lost their fourth straight game. The bullpen has taken all four of the losses and has a major league-worst 15 losses on the season. "He was the perfect guy," manager Terry Collins said of Torres. "Hes had great numbers against the Giants. He doesnt hardly walk anybody. Busters made a career of getting big hits." Cain allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings in his first start back from a stint on the disabled list for a strained right hamstring. But he got a no-decision and still has only one win in nine starts in a rough season that has included two trips to the disabled list. "We had the fastball working pretty well today," Cain said. "We were on both sides of the plate and tried to mix some off-speed stuff after that. The big key today was getting the fastball over for strikes." Cain was in complete control with a 1-0 lead having faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings before the Mets quickly turned the tide in the seventh. Matt den Dekker led off the inning with a double for New Yorks second hit of the game and Murphy followed with his fourth home run of the season to put the Mets ahead 2-1. The Giants tied it in the bottom half when Brandon Hicks and Brandon Crawford teamed up again to produce a run. Hicks drew a two-out walk from Jonathon Niese, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Crawfords single to centre. The duo produced San Franciscos first run in the fifth when Hicks tripled and scored on Crawfords sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. Niese allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, extending his streak of consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer to 16 but still ended up with a no-decision. "Its tough," he said. "You go out there and battle and you want to see the win beside your name. But it is what it is, its part of the game. Itll come eventually. I have all the confidence in the offence we have here. Theyre going to put up runs." Cain retired the first 12 batters of the game before walking Curtis Granderson to lead off the fifth. Granderson was quickly erased when Andrew Brown hit into a double play. The Mets got the leadoff runner on again in the sixth when Ruben Tejada reached on an infield single. Cain once again followed that by inducing a double-play grounder by Travis dArnaud. NOTES: There was a pregame moment of silence for Don Zimmer, who coached for San Francisco and played for the Mets. Zimmer died Wednesday at age 83. ... Bartolo Colon (5-5) starts Saturday for the Mets against Tim Hudson (6-2). Denzel Valentine Jersey . The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search, confirmed reports by several media outlets. The interview took place in Southern California on Monday. Scottie Pippen Jersey . -- Manager Bob Melvin shuffled the Athletics batting order and got the type of production he was looking for from the top of the lineup. . -- Arkansas didnt need a spectacular dunk to beat No.TORONTO - Despite seeing less than nine minutes of ice time Saturday, Toronto fourth-liner Richard Panik was just an assist short of a Gordie Howe hat trick.Panik notched the winner with a second-period highlight-reel goal and then pounded away at Detroit defenceman Brendan Smith in the dying minutes of the Leafs 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.Goalie Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves as the Leafs recorded back-to-back victories over the Wings. Toronto won 2-1 in a shootout Wednesday in Detroit in a game that saw the Leafs outshot 42-19. On Saturday, Toronto outshot Detroit 41-28.Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said the Leafs showed a far better work ethic than in Detroit.We were more energetic, he said.That included Panik, whose goal coming off the bench gave Toronto a 2-1 lead at 17:50 of the second period. Defenceman Korbinian Holzer found Panik all alone with a long pass after a Detroit turnover in the Toronto end and the 23-year-old Slovak beat Petr Mrazek between the legs with a gorgeous breakaway move.Im just trying my best every shift, said Panik. It doesnt matter if I play five minutes, Im just focusing on the next shift. Now its going in the net so Im really happy and glad about it. Hopefully it will just keep going this way.Panik now has a career-high six goals for the season, one more than he potted in 50 games last season in Tampa.In the minutes hes played, hes always been unbelievable, said Holzer. You should watch him in practice, hes got some really, really high skill. Hes got some nice moves and he showed them on the goal.He can even throw it, added Holzer, referring to the fight — Paniks first in the NHL.Carlyle said there is a big up-side to Panik.Thats the great thing about guys like Richard. You know that there is more there, said Carlyle. Because hes in this (fourth-line) situation right now doesnt mean hes going to stay there. At any given time in the game you can feel comfortable, that you can move that player up if things arent going the way you like higher in our lineup.Hes an interchangeable part and hes a dangerous player.James van Riemsdyk, Morgan Rielly and Nazem Kadri, with an empty-netter at 16:46 of the third period, also scored for Toronto before a crowd of 19,063 at the Air Canada Centre.Thats a pretty good team we beat so I think were very happy with it, said Rielly.Bernier, who made his 10th start in 11 games, called it the Leafs best game of the season.Niklas Kronwall scored for Detroit, which lost despite scoring first, dominating the faceoff circle by a 42-17 margin and getting a fine performance from backup goalie Mrazek.They were a little stronger than us over 60 minutes, said Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg. There were too many times when we had the puckk under control then they have the puck and its in our net. Nikola Mirotic Jersey. Weve got to be more poised and take care of the puck a little bit better.Toronto has little time to get ready for the next challenge — the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in a rare 5 p.m. ET start Sunday. The Kings arrived early in Toronto and had the luxury of an advance practice while the Leafs played a game.Carlyle said the Leafs view of the weekend was they were playing six periods.Toronto (17-9-3) has now won four straight and is 8-1-1 since a 9-2 home loss to Nashville on Nov. 18. During that time they have outscored their opposition 41-23.Carlyle points to that Nashville drubbing as a turning point.Thats changed our group ... They made a conscious effort that they were going to change things from that point on, he said.Detroit (17-7-7) has lost three straight, a streak that includes shootout defeats to the Leafs and the visiting Florida Panthers (3-2 on Friday in Detroit).The Leafs, who had been off since their victory Wednesday, win the season series with the Wings with a 3-1-1 record.Mrazek made his fourth start of the season — his first career outing against Toronto — as the Wings rested Jimmy Howard after playing Friday. Mrazek, a 22-year-old former Ottawa 67 playing his 15th NHL game, is filling in for the injured Jonas Gustavsson.James Reimer had been expected to start for Toronto after excelling Wednesday in Detroit but he tweaked his groin in practice. Detroit went ahead at 15:27 of the first period on a Kronwall one-timer from the blue-line with van Riemsdyk off for holding. Kronwalls fifth of the season was helped by traffic in front of Bernier.Toronto answered on the power play at 16:27 with a Phil Kessel snap shot that went in off van Riemsdyk in front of the goal for his 12th off the season.Mrazek made a spectacular save in the second period, flat on his back after stopping a Dion Phaneuf slapshot midway through the period with the Leafs on the power play. The rebound went to Cody Franson and somehow Mrazek got a piece of his body or equipment to the shot to redirect the puck off the post and away.Toronto, who came into the game with a league-leading 40 goals in the second period, outshot Detroit 20-5 in the second period.Rielly used his speed to make it 3-1 at 1:42 of the third period, racing down the wing before beating Mrazek to the glove side for his fourth of the season.I felt good but they have the two points and we dont have anything, so thats more important than how many saves and how I played today, Mrazek said. 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