|Kansas City Royals (55-52) at New York Mets (49-59)||1:10 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|E. Santana (R)||21||7-6||3.03||6.1||3-3||3.43||7/30||@MIN||W||7.0||4||2||2-0||22.1||1.21|
|Z. Wheeler (R)||8||4-1||3.55||5.2||1-1||5.87||7/30||@MIA||ND||7.0||3||2||1-0||17.2||3.57|
Preview:The New York Mets nearly staged a come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Royals in their first game without David Wright.
The second contest without their superstar could prove much more challenging as they try to produce runs against Ervin Santana, who has been dominant since the All-Star break.
New York will try to bounce back against Santana and Kansas City on Sunday as the club seeks just its second series victory at Citi Field since June.
The Mets (49-59) placed Wright on the disabled list prior to Saturday's game after the All-Star suffered a strained right hamstring running out an infield hit in a 4-2 win on Friday. New York gave no timetable for the return of Wright, who was hitting .309 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs while playing all but two of the team's first 107 games.
"It's disappointing," he said. "I kind of came to the realization that I wasn't going to be able to play today and probably not the next day. I will hopefully get this thing healthy as quickly as I can and get back on the field."
New York lost 4-3 in 12 innings Saturday, rallying from a 3-1 deficit on Josh Satin's two-run single in the eighth before Justin Maxwell led off the 12th with his fifth career pinch-hit home run to lift Kansas City (55-52) to its 10th victory in 11 games.