Eric Young Jr. gave the New York Mets' lineup a needed jolt from the leadoff spot when he came over from Colorado in June. For the first time since arriving, he provided a bit of power at the perfect time.
Young hit a game-ending, two-run homer with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Mets snapped the Kansas City Royals' nine-game winning streak 4-2 on Friday night.
It was Young's second homer of the season and the first game-ending hit of his major league career.
After going 5-24 on New York's 3-5 trip that ended Thursday, Young got his second hit of the night when he slammed a 3-1 pitch from Luis Mendoza (2-6) over the right-field fence to score Omar Quintanilla, who had walked.
"I was just looking for a line drive. Thankful it got up," Young said. "Came at a great time. We definitely needed the pick-me-up."
Young, who hadn't homered since May 14, now has seven in five major league seasons.
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