NEW YORK -- The last of the 40,122 fans at Citi Field were still settling into their seats by the time Mets manager Terry Collins first turned to the bullpen Tuesday night. With Bartolo Colon forced to leave after Whit Merrifield led off the game by ripping a liner off the pitcher's right thumb, Hansel Robles jogged to the mound.
Robles and the rest of the Mets' bullpen held strong for 8 2/3 innings, holding Kansas City to six hits to help New York capture the series opener, 2-1. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and center fielder Yoenis Cespedes contributed with solo homers in the first and fourth, respectively.
Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.
Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.
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