NEW YORK -- Eric Young Jr. finally knows what it feels like.
"First-ever home run walk-off. It's as good as everyone says it is," Young said.
Young crushed a two-run shot in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 4-2 win over the Royals on Friday night. It was the Mets' eighth walk-off win of the season.
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With two outs in the 11th, Young squared up a pitch from Luis Mendoza and barely cleared the right-field wall with his second homer of the year.
"Like a little kid," Young said of his reaction to his homer. "That's why you call it a kids' game. Any moment you can feel like a little kid again, and that was it right there. Raising my hands up and couldn't wait to get to home plate with my teammates. Seeing everybody's smiles. Awesome feeling."
Young's heroics provided a temporary distraction from the pain of watching team captain David Wright leave in the 10th inning with a right hamstring strain.
"Awesome win," Young said. "We definitely needed our spirits lifted up, especially with the captain going down."
"Just trying to keep them off balance. Throw good pitches when I have to, and it worked out tonight," Gee said. "Exciting game."
ROTATION SHIFT: Jeremy Hefner will start Saturday's game after the scheduled starter, Carlos Torres, threw two scoreless innings in relief Friday. Hefner will pitch on normal rest, as the team has been using a six-man rotation. Zack Wheeler moves up to Sunday.
NIESE UPDATE: Jonathon Niese confirmed he will throw a bullpen Saturday and believes his next start will be with Class A Brooklyn on Tuesday.
If everything goes to plan, Niese could return to the rotation Aug. 11.
"That's the plan, knock on wood; hopefully everything works out," Niese said.
Niese threw four scoreless innings in a rehab start Thursday, throwing 50 pitches. He said everything feels great.
"Yesterday I felt well enough to probably go further, but that's the point we want to be at to where I can take each step without any setbacks," Niese said. "Get another rehab start, see how I feel, hopefully I should be ready."
BLOWN SAVE: Aardsma couldn't convert his first save since Sept. 19, 2010, as he blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth. He couldn't overcome a leadoff double by Miguel Tejada.
IKE RESPONDS: After being dropped to seventh in the lineup, Ike Davis responded with a 3-for-3 day with a walk. Davis had a leadoff double in the ninth, but the Mets couldn't score him.
Davis had batted fourth or fifth in each game since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas on July 5 but was moved down in the lineup because he hadn't been driving in runs.