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Royals top Mets with run in 9th

Sunday, June 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:01 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

KANSAS CITY — Angel Berroa’s RBI single scored the winning run from second base with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals past the New York Mets 4-3 on Saturday.

Right fielder Gerald Williams made a strong throw to the plate but pinch-runner Wilton Guerrero was safe when catcher Vance Wilson had trouble handling the throw and tagged Guerrero with his glove, with the ball in his other hand.

Joe Randa, who had two doubles, singled leading off the ninth against David Weathers (5-3). Guerrero advanced to second on a sacrifice.

Jeremy Affeldt (2-3), who had converted nine straight save opportunities, inherited a 3-2 lead in the ninth but gave up a one-out single to Mike Cameron before Todd Zeile’s pinch-hit double tied it at 3.

Kaz Matsui then hit a liner into left-center and Brandon Berger made a good running catch and easily doubled Zeile off second. It was the fourth double play for the Royals and the first time in seven plate appearances Matsui failed to reach base.

Mike Sweeney hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth to put Kansas City on top 3-2.

Mets starter Al Leiter, who hadn’t allowed a run in two starts since returning from the disabled list, went seven innings and gave up two runs and three hits.

The Royals were hitless until Randa doubled leading off the fifth. Then Berroa hit the next pitch into the stands in left field for his fourth home run and a tie at 2.

The Mets, who stranded 13 runners in a 7-5 loss the night before, got only one run after loading the bases with no outs in the first.

Mike Piazza drew a walk to force in a run, then Ty Wigginton lined into a 6-4 double play and Vance Wilson grounded to first.

The Royals were victims of an unusual double play in the first. With one out and Carlos Beltran on first, Mike Sweeney tried to check his swing. The ball popped off his bat and went to first baseman Jason Phillips, who made a diving catch and then turned around and tagged the bag before Beltran could get back.

Royals starter Chris George failed to get a decision for the third straight start since being called up from Triple-A. He went six innings, giving up only four hits but also six walks and two runs while not striking out anyone.


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