Mets rookie third baseman Ty Kelly hit his first-career home run Wednesday at PNC Park.
After getting ahead of the count 3-1, Kelly crushed the pitch off Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, their top prospect who made his MLB debut, over the right-field fence to tie the game at 2 in the fourth inning.
"It was exciting," Kelly said, according to NJ.com's Maria Guardado. "I was happy to just hit a home run or just get a hit in the first place. It was a bigger deal because of the score and everything. That was the first thought that went into my head, was tied it up. Just made it that much more fun."
The 27-year-old rookie was able to retrieve the ball after the game and plans to write the date and Taillon's name on the baseball, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.
Kelly entered the game 2 for 18 in his MLB career, but went 2 for 4 with a single in Wednesday's game.