ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) –– Anthony Recker led off the 13th inning with a home run against rookie Matt Shoemaker and also had a two-run single, leading the New York Mets to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
The Mets evened up their interleague series at a game apiece, but it wasn’t easy. New closer Jose Valverde came on in the ninth to protect a 6-3 lead for Jonathon Niese, but allowed a three-run homer to 41-year-old Raul Ibanez on a 1-0 pitch after David Freese singled with two outs and Erick Aybar walked. The homer was Ibanez’s 302nd in the majors — and his 2,000th hit.
Shoemaker (0-1), the eighth Angels pitcher, escaped his own bases-loaded jam in the 12th by striking out Juan Lagares. But Recker drove the right-hander’s second pitch of the 13th into the left field bullpen for his first homer of the season.
John Lannan (1-0) pitched two perfect innings for the victory.