The Mets took a chance on Eric Young when the Rockies gave up on him this season. It came back to haunt Colorado as Young saved the game in the field and then scored the winning run Tuesday night at Citi Field.
The Mets jumped all over Rockies starter Chad Bettis, making his second major league start, in the first. Daniel Murphy singled with one out. He was erased on a fielder’s choice by Marlon Byrd. Ike Davis doubled to move Byrd to third. Juan Lagares then tripled into the gap in right-center to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Wilmer Flores then stepped up for his first major league at bat, hitting a tapper back to the pitcher for the third out.
The Rockies scored an unearned run off of Mejia in the fifth — a single, a throwing error by Ike Davis and a sacrifice fly made it 2-1.
Colorado tied the game in the sixth with a solo home run from Charlie Blackmon. A single, an error by Flores and a walk loaded the bases with one put. Carlos Torres came on in relief of Mejia. After getting the second out, Todd Helton hit a sinking liner to left. Eric Young dove and made a great catch to keep the game tied.
The game was still tied in the bottom of the eighth when Young led off with a single. He was on second with two outs when Davis was intentionally walked. Lagares then hit a slow roller to second. He hustled down the line and beat the throw. Also hustling was Young, who never stopped running and scored the tie-breaking run.
Apparent new closer LaTroy Hawkins came in for his first save attempt of the season. He got the first two outs, then allowed two singles to put runners on first and third. Pinch hitter Yorvit Torrealba hit a soft liner to first. Davis dove and made the catch in foul territory to end the game.
Mets win 3-2.