After the KC Royals bullpen (more importantly Aaron Crow) blew the lead, Justin Maxwell proved his worth in at least one game after a head-scratching trade. He helped the Royals beat the NY Mets, 4-3.
Maxwell took the 3-2 pitch from new Mets reliever David Aardsma out to left field for his first home run as a Royal. Maxwell was pinch-hitting for reliever Kelvin Herrera (who threw two perfect innings).
Closer Greg Holland came on for this 29th save and struck out two of the three hitters he faced.
Starter Bruce Chen was masterful once again, as his only blemish was a Daniel Murphy solo home run. He allowed just four hits and struck out eight. Luke Hochevar and Tim Collins combined for the seventh before Crow got into trouble in the eighth. Crow allowed three hits and the game-tying runs, but a Salvador Perez passed ball did not help.
Besides Maxwell, the Royals offense had help from some unexpected sources.
George Kottaras homered in the third to tie the game at 1-1. After Alex Gordon’s sac fly gave the Royals the lead, Miguel Tejada singled in another run. Tejada had three hits.
The series in NY concludes tomorrow afternoon as Ervin Santana gets the start.
*Eric Hosmer got the start in right field so that Billy Butler could get some time at first. Thankfully, neither made errors.