Frank Francisco is a winner!
Eric Young Jr. delivered a tiebreaking double that plated Matt den Dekker against Chris Perez in the ninth and the Mets avoided getting swept with a 2-1 win against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon.
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Francisco's season debut came with only 22 days remaining in the season. And it came in a high-pressure situation.
Francisco, who underwent seemingly harmless surgery last Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow, inherited two baserunners with one out in the bottom of the eighth with the score tied.
Super Joe: Ex-Met Joe Smith inherited the bases loaded and one out in the eighth with the score tied at 1 and escaped the jam.
The Mets had started the inning with two in scoring position and none out.
Smith and Turner jawed after their matchup.
Dice-OK: Daisuke Matsuzaka had a 10.95 ERA through three starts with the Mets. He finally came up with a big performance Sunday.
Facing the team that declined to promote him to the majors this season as he pitched for Triple-A Columbus, Matsuzaka carried a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning.
Matsuzaka’s final line in a no-decision: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. He threw 103 pitches and sliced his ERA to 8.00.
Turner classics: Turner produced his second homer of the series -- and season -- with a fourth-inning solo shot against rookie starter Danny Salazar to open the game’s scoring.
Two innings later, Turner had a painful moment. He was tagged hard in the jaw by Cabrera, Cleveland’s shortstop, on a caught stealing that ended the top of the sixth. Turner remained in the game.
End of the line: Lagares’ 12-game hitting streak came to an end. It was the longest streak by a Mets rookie since Jose Reyes had a 17-game streak in 2003.
What’s next: The Mets return to Citi Field for an 11-game homestand, beginning with the Washington Nationals. Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.89 ERA) opposes left-hander Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.49) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener.