METSCELLANEOUS: New York snapped its three-game losing streak with tonight's win...The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
METS BULLPEN: Worked 8.2 innings and allowed one run, earned, on seven hits...It's the ninth time in team history that the Mets bullpen has pitched 8.2 innings in a nine-inning game and the Mets have picked up the win...The last time it occurred was July 4, 2014 when the Mets 'pen tossed 8.2 innings following Jon Niese departing after 0.1 innings...New York won that game, 6-5.
INTERLEAGUE PLAY: New York improved to 5-4 vs. the American League this season and 171-160 vs. the AL since Interleague play began...The Royals are now 4-5 versus the National League in 2016.
ONE-RUN GAMES: The Mets improved to 14-9 in one-run games this season (8-4 at home)...Kansas City is now 12-7 in one-run games (2-6 on the road).
FIRST-INNING FUN: With Asdrubal Cabrera's solo homer in the first inning, the Mets have now hit 17 first-inning home runs...The 17 first-inning homers are the most in the majors...New York has outscored its opponents, 39-22 and is 28-11 when scoring first.
HOME RUNS: The Mets hit a pair of home runs tonight and now have 92 home runs through 69 games this season...New York entered the day tied for the third-most homers in the National League...The Mets are 32-14 when they hit a home run and 21-6 when they hit two or more home runs.
YOENIS CÉSPEDES: Hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for his 18th homer of the season...Over his last 12 games, Céspedes is batting .356 (16-45) with three home runs and seven RBI...He's also driven in a run in four of his last five games and seven of his last 11 games.
ASDRUBAL CABRERA: Connected on a solo homer in the first inning for his seventh home run of the season...Was his third go-ahead homer of the year...Four of his seven home runs have given the Mets the lead or tied the game...Was his 70th career RBI vs. Kansas City, which are the most he has vs. any opposing team.
JEURYS FAMILIA: Converted on his 23rd save of the season and is 23-23 in save opportunities this season...Familia entered the day tied for the major league lead in saves...Has now saved 39 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record...It's the second longest active streak in the major leagues behind Arizona's Brad Ziegler, who's converted 43 straight save opportunities...Familia's 23 straight saves to open a season is one behind the Mets franchise-best mark of 24 games, accomplished by Armando Benitez in 2001.
HANSEL ROBLES: Tossed a career-high 3.2 innings and allowed one run, earned, on five hits to earn his first win of the season...Struck out a career-high six and walked one...His 3.2 innings tonight matched the longest outing of the season by a Mets reliever...Logan Verrett also worked 3.2 innings on May 28 vs. Los Angeles-NL.
BARTOLO COLÓN: Exited the game with a right thumb contusion...X-Rays were negative...Was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Whit Merrifield (the first batter of the game)...The 0.1 inning of work is the shortest start of Colon's career, passing his previous shortest mark of 0.2 innings, which happened twice (most recently, July 14, 2011 while pitching for the Yankees at Toronto).
ERIK GOEDDEL: Tossed 2.0 scoreless innings and allowed one hit...Struck out one and walked none...Has now pitched 4.2 innings without allowing an earned run since being recalled on June 12.
JERRY BLEVINS: Worked 1.0 scoreless inning and has not allowed a run in his last 20 outings, spanning a career-best 12.0 innings...His scoreless streak entering today was tied for the ninth-longest streak in the major leagues.
ROYALS ON THE ROAD: With tonight's loss, the Royals are now 13-24 in road games this season.
IAN KENNEDY: Pitched 4.0 innings and allowed two runs, earned, on four hits in his sixth loss of the season...Struck out two and walked one...Allowed a pair of homers and has allowed at least two home runs in each of his last four starts dating to June 4 (10 total home runs)...Over his last four starts, Kennedy has an 7.25 ERA (18 earned runs/22.1 innings pitched).
Winning Pitcher: Hansel Robles (1-3)
Losing Pitcher: Ian Kennedy (5-6)
Save: Jeurys Familia (23)
HOME RUN NOTES:
Mets: Cabrera, A (7, 1st inning off Kennedy, 0 on, 1 out); Céspedes (18, 4th inning off Kennedy, 0 on, 0 out).
Upcoming Pitching vs. Kansas City
Wed., June 22
LHP Danny Duffy (2-1, 3.17) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 1.91)
1:10 p.m. (SNY, MLBN, WOR 710 AM, ESPN 1050 AM)