SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Pedro Feliz hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth and J.T. Snow also connected in the inning, rallying the San Francisco Giants to help Noah Lowry win his fifth straight start with a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.

After Carlos Beltran broke a scoreless tie when he came home on a wild pitch in top of the sixth, the Giants finally got to Kris Benson in the home half.

Snow hit a tying home run leading off the inning, a shot into the right-field arcade on a 3-2 pitch from Benson for his fourth homer of the season and first at home. He added an RBI single in the seventh for just his sixth multi-RBI game of the year and first since Aug. 2.

Lowry (11-11) completed an unbeaten August, winning all five of his starts and going at least seven innings in each outing. He hasn’t lost since a 4-1 defeat at Milwaukee on July 31 and received a standing ovation when he walked off in the eighth.

The left-hander followed his team’s impressive offensive inning with a 1-2-3 seventh, his first perfect inning since the first. Lowry allowed five hits and one run, struck out six and walked one in eight innings.

Armando Benitez worked the ninth for his seventh save, second in as many days and third since coming back after missing three months following surgery to repair two torn hamstring tendons to the pelvis. Randy Winn, who had his six-game hitting streak snapped Saturday, doubled and singled for the Giants.

When Lowry struck out Chris Woodward on a curveball in the sixth, the ball bounced in the dirt and got past catcher Mike Matheny and went into the stands behind the on-deck circle. Beltran, who doubled and advanced on David Wright’s groundout, then scored.

All three games of the series featured impressive pitching performances. San Francisco’s Jason Schmidt beat Tom Glavine 2-1 on Saturday, while Steve Trachsel returned from a back injury to make his season debut Friday and led the Mets to a 1-0 victory.

The Mets finished their road trip 5-2, sweeping lowly Arizona in the first four games. Now, they head home to face the Philadelphia Phillies for three games, then hit the road again for three at Florida, three at Atlanta and four at St. Louis – a stretch everyone in the organization acknowledges is a crucial one for the club’s playoff chances.

“I always said we were one good road trip from being with everybody,” general manager Omar Minaya said, sitting in the dugout before the game.

Benson (9-6), who beat the Giants 12-1 on June 5 at Shea Stadium, lost his second straight start. He gave up seven hits in six innings, struck out two and walked two.

The Giants loaded the bases in the first but couldn’t score.

Notes: Mets OF Cliff Floyd got the day off to rest, giving him a two-day break with Monday’s off day. … Demoted RHP Brett Tomko is upset he didn’t have a face-to-face conversation with someone in management when the team decided to move him to long relief for the remainder of the year. But Tomko said he would do whatever is asked of him over the final month and he hopes to re-sign with the club. Both GM Brian Sabean and manager Felipe Alou seemed annoyed that Tomko complained of a lack of communication. “I don’t think at this stage of his career anybody needs to hold his hand,” Sabean said. … The Mets are 14-8 in games started by Benson. … Snow hit his 40th career homer in August to match his most for any month (also July).

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