No comeback at Citi Field this time as Royals lose to Mets

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No comeback at Citi Field this time as Royals lose to Mets
Kansas City Royals Paulo Orlando (16) scores, sliding in past New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) on Brett Eibner's, fifth-inning, RBI single in a baseball game Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Back in the ballpark where they celebrated a championship last November, the Kansas City Royals were beaten 2-1 by the New York Mets on Tuesday night in a World Series rematch at Citi Field.

Bartolo Colon's early injury put the Mets in a major bind, but they won a battle of bullpens against the best relief corps in baseball.

"It was a fun atmosphere. I think we anticipated that coming in," Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "It's a fun stadium to play in."

Yoenis Cespedes hit his 18th home run and Asdrubal Cabrera also connected off Ian Kennedy (5-6), dropping the Royals to 13-24 on the road. They have the top home record in the majors at 25-8.

The 43-year-old Colon was hit on his pitching hand by a line drive and left after one batter with a bruised right thumb. Yet a gritty Hansel Robles (1-3) and four other relievers bailed out the Mets by combining for 8 2/3 stellar innings in the opener of a two-game set.

"They did a great job, threw a great game, and really did a good job picking them up after the injury to Bartolo," Hosmer said. "It definitely would have been nice to get to that first guy a little bit and try to dig into that bullpen a little more."

Yasmani Grandal let his emotions loose rounding the bases after his go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning which lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals, and extended their season-high winning streak to five games. They have won seven of eight and go for the series sweep against the NL East leaders on Wednesday.

The St. Louis Cardinals won 4-3 to put themselves in position to sweep their first trip to Chicago since last year's NL Division Series, though it won't be easy with the major league-leading Cubs sending reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta to the mound.

Angel Pagan hit a grand slam during a seven-run fourth inning as the San Francisco Giants thrashed Pittsburgh 15-4 and the Atlanta Braves extended their streak to six wins with 3-2 victory in Miami. Ichiro Suzuki had two hits for the Marlins to give him 2,982 in his career.

At Boston, Chris Sale became the majors' first 12-game winner while equaling his season high with nine strikeouts as the White Sox beat the Red Sox 3-1.

Cleveland won its fifth straight game, beating the Rays 6-0. Corey Kluber (7-7) took a one-hitter into the ninth before Brad Miller and Evan Longoria singled with one out. Kluber retired the final two hitters for his third career shutout.

Kluber bounced back from allowing a career-high eight runs and nine hits in five innings against Kansas City in his last start. The right-hander, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014, struck out nine and walked two.

Elsewhere, the Astros rallied for a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, with Carlos Correa hitting a two-run single to right-center field with no outs in the ninth inning, the Detroit Tigers rallied from two down to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2, and Arizona won its fifth straight with a 4-2 win at Toronto.

San Diego overcame two home runs and five RBIs by Pedro Alvarez to beat the Orioles 10-7 in Baltimore, Cincinnati ended the Texas Rangers' seven-game winning streak with an 8-2 victory at Arlington, the Colorado Rockies beat the Yankees 8-4, the Athletics were 5-3 winners of the Brewers and the Twins beat the Phillies 14-10.

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