August 2, 2013: Young Slugs Royals in 11th

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Date: August 2, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 4
Royals: 2
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): David Wright, Eric Young
Key play: Wright’s and Young’s home runs

The Mets faced the Royals on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game interleague series. Eric Young hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Mets a 4-2 win over Kansas City.

Mets’ starter Dillon Gee set down the side in order in the top of the first. Juan Lagares singled against the Royals’ Wade Davis with one out in the bottom half. David Wright followed with a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Marlon Byrd was retired on a fly ball to right fielder David Lough. Wade Davis then got Daniel Murphy to ground out to third baseman Mike Moustakas and end the inning.

Gee and Wade Davis each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Dillon gave up just a single to pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell in the top of the sixth. Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Lough hit a one-out single in the top of the seventh. With Alcides Escobar at bat, Lough stole second base. Escobar flied out to left fielder Young and an error by first baseman Ike Davis allowed Elliot Johnson to reach base. Johnson stole second and Gee retired Jarrod Dyson on an inning-ending fly ball to Young. The Royals’ Louis Coleman then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Lorenzo Cain drew a walk against Gee to open the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice hit Alex Gordon with a pitch and Eric Hosmer followed with a force play ground ball back to the mound. Rice was replaced by New York’s LaTroy Hawkins, who got Salvador Perez to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Wright that brought home Cain. Hawkins retired Moustakas on a ground ball to Ike Davis for the inning’s final out. Coleman then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Miguel Tejada doubled against Mets’ reliever David Aardsma to lead off the top of the ninth. Escobar drew a walk and Johnson’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter Billy Butler was walked intentionally to load the bases and Cain hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Tejada, tying the game at 2-2. New York’s Pedro Feliciano retired Gordon on a grounder to second baseman Murphy that ended the inning and Ike Davis hit a double against Kansas City’s Aaron Crow to begin the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Omar Quintanilla moved pinch-runner Andrew Brown to third. Pinch-hitter Justin Turner was struck out and Young was given an intentional walk. Crow then retired Lagares on a ground ball to second baseman Tejada to close out the inning and send the game onward.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres yielded just a single to Hosmer in the top of the 10th. Wright singled against the Royals’ Luis Mendoza to lead off the bottom half. David was injured on his own hit and replaced by pinch-runner Zack Wheeler. Byrd drew a walk and Murphy followed with a force play grounder to Tejada. Mendoza then got John Buck to hit a ground ball to shortstop Escobar for an inning-ending double play.

Torres gave up only a single to Mendoza in the top of the 11th. Quintanilla drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Turner was retired on a pop-up to Escobar. Young came to bat and slugged a home run to end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory in extra innings.