Bryce Harper singled in Jesus Flores in the bottom of the 12th inning Tuesday to give the Nationals a 7-6 win over the Mets.
The Mets took a 6-5 lead on Scott Hairston’s homer in the top of the 12th, but the Nats came back to tie it on an Ian Desmond double before Harper ended it.
It was Harper’s second RBI single of the game. He started the scoring with his hit in the third.
Going into the day, Harper hadn’t driven in anyone except himself in the last two weeks. He did have three solo homers since his last hit to drive in a baserunner on May 22. Overall, he has 14 RBI to go along with his five homers and .288 average in 33 games.
Harper’s hit made a winner of Ross Detwiler out of the pen. Rule 5 pick Elvin Ramirez walked three in 1 2/3 innings and took the loss.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.