No comeback at Citi Field this time as Royals lose to Mets
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 22, 2016 03:14 PM
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.