A Dramatic Finish
In a thrilling game that went into extra innings, the Kansas City Royals rallied past the New York Mets 7-6 on Tuesday night, winning on a 10th-inning balk by Mets reliever Josh Walker. The victory marked the Royals’ season-best fourth straight win.
Mets’ Early Lead
The Mets took a 6-4 lead in the top of the 10th, thanks to rookie Francisco Álvarez’s two-run homer. However, the Royals were not to be denied.
Royals’ 10th-Inning Rally
Bobby Witt Jr. started the comeback with an RBI double, followed by MJ Melendez’s run-scoring single off Brooks Raley, tying the game.The game’s decisive moment came after a crucial throwing error by the Mets’ rookie third baseman, Brett Baty, with two outs. This set the stage for MJ Melendez to score the game-winning run when Mets reliever Josh Walker committed a balk with the bases full.
Kansas City’s aggressive baserunning played a key role in the victory. The Royals stole three bases in the seventh inning, scoring twice to take a 3-1 lead. Pinch-runner Dairon Blanco’s steal of third and subsequent score on Álvarez’s throwing error were pivotal moments.
Alonso’s Power Display
Pete Alonso showcased his power for the Mets, hitting his 31st home run of the season and contributing an additional run-scoring single during the eighth inning. His efforts helped the Mets take a temporary 4-3 lead. His power at the plate kept the Mets in the game, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win.
Carlos Hernández (1-6) worked one inning for the win for the Royals. Mets’ reliever Josh Walker, who was recalled from the minors earlier in the day, was charged with the loss.
Trade Activity and Roster Moves
Both teams were active in recent trades, with the Mets trading star pitcher Justin Verlander and two other players in a stunning deadline selloff. The Royals, on the other hand, activated 1B Matt Beaty from the injured list and made several other roster moves.
The Mets will send rookie RHP Kodai Senga (7-5, 3.17 ERA) to the mound against Royals RHP Alec Marsh (0-5, 7.04 ERA) in the next game of the series.