Eric Young Jr. helped keep an endless Sunday afternoon at Progessive Field from spilling over into a potentially long night. With Indians manager Terry Francona utilizing his expanded roster and going through relievers like sunflower seeds the slow pace couldn’t be attributed to Diasuke Matsuzaka for a change. Young hammered an RBI double against Chris Perez — the Indians’ seventh pitcher — in the ninth allowing the Mets to avoid a three-game sweep and escape town with a 2-1 victory. The Mets finished 4-5 on the road trip and on Monday will open an 11-game homestand against the Nationals Marlins and Giants. Matt den Dekker singled to open the ninth and scored the go-ahead run on Young’s single. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Frank Francisco (1-0) in his first appearance of the season entered in the eighth and walked Jason Kubel to load the bases before getting Asdrubal Cabrera to hit into an inning-ending double play. The Mets had a chance to take the lead in the eighth loading the bases with one out but Justin Turner struck out in a 10-pitch at-bat before Juan Lagares was retired.
Young’s double in 9th lifts Mets over Indians
New York Post | Sep 8