The Giants finished a dismal homestand with a 9-1 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday, and, strange as it may sound, will look to getting away from AT&T Park to spark a team that has lost seven of its past eight games.

Despite the recent slide, the Giants remain a half-game ahead of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, who were idle Thursday. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said it's time the team started acting like it.

"We're fortunate we're in first place," he said. "We've got to start carrying ourselves like it and pick it up here. It's going to take a couple hits in a row to get this thing going again."

The Mets struck early against Giants starter Barry Zito, who retired the first two hitters of the game before walking the next two, hitting the next and giving up a single and double to allow four runs in the first frame.