Saturday, August 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Royals 4, Mets 3 (12)
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- David Aardsma, who blew Friday's save chance in the ninth inning while filling in for injured Bobby Parnell in the closer's role, served up the decisive blast a day later when summoned in extra innings.
Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell homered to lead off the 12th and the Kansas City Royals beat the Mets, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.
The Mets have played 48 extra innings, passing Arizona (46) for the most in the majors this season. The major league record for a season is 82, by the 1918 Washington Senators, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Hail Satin: Josh Satin filled in fine for David Wright in the No. 3 spot in the lineup on Day 1 of the captain's absence with a right hamstring strain. Satin delivered a game-tying two-run single in the eighth against Royals reliever Aaron Crow, after Juan Lagares had stolen second base to join Andrew Brown in scoring position.
Satin entered the day hitless in his past 10 at-bats, after torrid production while playing regularly during Ike Davis' minor league stint.
The Mets had taken a 1-0 second-inning lead on Daniel Murphy's homer against ex-Met Bruce Chen.
The Royals answered with three runs the following half-inning against Jeremy Hefner.
George Kottaras opened the third with a homer. Chen, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer then consecutively singled to load the bases with none out.
After Billy Butler struck out, Alex Gordon flirted with a grand slam, but the ball came up short of the right-field wall for a sacrifice fly. Miguel Tejada's two-out RBI single gave the Royals a 3-1 lead.
Hefner's line in a 110-pitch no-decision: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
Chen retired the final nine Mets he faced and departed with the two-run lead intact for the seventh.
Everyday Pedro: Pedro Feliciano, active for two days, already has two appearances. With three straight lefty hitters due up, Feliciano entered for the eighth and consecutively retired Hosmer, Jarrod Dyson and Gordon.
Welcome back: Mike Baxter received his first major league plate appearance since June 9 when he led off the bottom of the 10th as a pinch hitter. He flied out to right field.
What's next: Zack Wheeler, originally scheduled for Tuesday's start, now will pitch on standard rest in Sunday's series finale. Wheeler (4-1, 3.55 ERA) opposes right-hander Ervin Santana (7-6, 3.03) at 1:10 p.m.