Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Eric Young's ninth inning double broke a tie
game and the New York Mets avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the
Cleveland Indians by notching a 2-1 victory on Sunday.
New York failed to score with the bases loaded in the eighth, but were able to
break the 1-1 deadlock in the ninth off Chris Perez (5-3). Matt den Dekker
singled to start the frame, moved to second on Anthony Recker's sac bunt, then
came in to score on Young's extra-base hit into right.
Jason Giambi greeted LaTroy Hawkins in the last half of the ninth with a
single. Mike Aviles came on to pinch run, but was thrown out by Recker trying
to steal second base. Upset with the call, Aviles was ejected and Hawkins got
Drew Stubbs to strike out to secure his eighth save.
Frank Francisco (1-0) made his first appearance of the season, inducing an
inning-ending double play in the eighth when the Indians had the bases loaded.
Daisuke Matsuzaka put forth his best outing in a Mets uniform, allowing one
run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six while walking three
against the team that cut him loose in August.
Justin Turner belted his second home run of the series when he blasted one
deep into the left field seats to begin the fourth and stake New York to a 1-0
That was only run Indians starter Danny Salazar allowed. He struck out eight
and allowed only four hits, but lasted just four innings after throwing 80
Matsuzaka departed with the bases loaded, having allowed three straight
Cleveland batters to reach with two out. Vic Black took over on the mound and
promptly plunked Asdrubal Cabrera to force in a run, tying the game at 1-1.
Giambi, though, grounded out to leave three runners stranded. Cabrera then
failed to come through in the eighth with the bases full, grounding into an
inning ending double play.
The Mets had lost their last five interleague games ... New York's Juan
Lagares went 0-for-4, ending a 12-game hitting streak ... Matsuzaka made 19
starts for Cleveland's Triple-A squad before requesting his release ... The
Indians were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
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