Mets' late 6-run rally secures series win in KC

August 18th, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- The Mets didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard through the first two games of their weekend series against the Royals. But that changed in the seventh inning on Sunday, when New York showed what it can do offensively with a barrage of hits that produced six runs and boosted the Mets to an 11-5 victory.

Over a dizzying nine-batter span, the Mets had eight hits and a sacrifice bunt. J.D. Davis came off the bench for a game-tying RBI single and hot-hitting Amed Rosario followed with a two-run knock that put the Mets ahead, 6-4.

It was a keep-the-line-moving attack that overwhelmed a trio of Kansas City relievers as New York took two of three games at Kauffman Stadium.

The impressive seventh-inning rally began innocently enough when Todd Frazier lofted a high popup to short right field off Kevin McCarthy. But with the Kansas City infield shifted left and right fielder Hunter Dozier playing deep, Frazier’s blooper fell for a double. 

It was just the kind of break the Mets needed to jumpstart their offense, which hadn't scored since the first. Juan Lagares' sacrifice bunt moved the tying run to third, and New York then produced seven consecutive hits to give its bullpen ample breathing room.

It marked the first time since April 13, 2013, at Minnesota that the Mets recorded seven consecutive hits in an inning.

“We grinded every at-bat,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “We went the other way when we needed to, and we got the bunt down. It’s the hits going the other way that really put us over the top.”

The Mets finished with 16 hits, including a National League rookie record 40th homer by Pete Alonso in the ninth. The first three batters in New York's lineup -- Rosario, Joe Panik and Alonso -- each had three hits.

“It was classic passing of the torch,” Alonso said. “Everyone did their job and was an extremely tough out. We were locked in. It’s the fight we’ve talked about all year.”

Thanks to a three-run homer by Michael Conforto in the first, the Mets looked to be in good shape. But the Royals scrapped their way to a 4-3 lead, getting three in the fifth with the aid of a throwing error by Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

That set the stage for the massive rally in the seventh. Davis, who has thrived as a pinch-hitter late in games, went the other way for his game-tying hit. He then went to third on Tomas Nido’s double. Callaway removed Davis at that point as a precautionary measure, because Davis has experienced right calf tightness in recent days.

“It just didn’t look like a smooth gait to me,” Callaway said. “But talking to him, he said he’s totally fine.”

Davis' exit meant Rosario played left field for the first time. The shortstop had no issues there, as the Mets closed out the game with a big lead. Rosario caught a fly ball hit by Whit Merrifield in the seventh.

“At first, I was a little nervous,” Rosario said through an interpreter. “But I started to loosen up, and once the ball was hit to me, I was pretty comfortable.”