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Royals rally past Mets to win World Series championship

The Royals’ Eric Hosmer slides into home to tie it at 2 in the ninth inning as first baseman Lucas Duda’s throw eludes catcher Travis d’Arnaud.

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The Royals’ Eric Hosmer slides into home to tie it at 2 in the ninth inning as first baseman Lucas Duda’s throw eludes catcher Travis d’Arnaud.

NEW YORK — It was the most appropriate ending imaginable.

The Royals, who had rallied from eighth-inning deficits twice already in this World Series, did it a third time, scoring twice in the ninth inning then five times in the 12th to beat the Mets 7-2 Sunday in Game 5 and win their first world championship since 1985.

Pinch-hitter Christian Colon, in his first appearance this postseason, drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the 12th to start the barrage against a struggling New York bullpen. Former Ray Wade Davis struck out the side in the bottom half, and the long-awaited celebration began.

For most of the game, it seemed as if the Mets would force the Series back to Kansas City for Game 6.

Ace right-hander Matt Harvey pitched brilliantly, taking a 2-0 lead into the ninth inning. Manager Terry Collins appeared ready to turn the game over to closer Jeurys Familia, but Harvey was seen in the dugout trying to persuade Collins to keep him in.

He won the argument but blew the lead.

Harvey went back out to a roaring ovation but walked Lorenzo Cain then let him score on Eric Hosmer's double. After Collins went to Familia, Mike Moustakas grounded out and Hosmer advanced to third.

Then Salvador Perez hit a ground ball to the left side. Third baseman David Wright fielded near shortstop, quickly checked Hosmer at third and fired to first. Hosmer sprinted for the plate on Wright's throw and slid in safely after first baseman Lucas Dudas' relay home sailed wide.

Harvey was charged with both runs, allowing five hits, striking out nine and walking one.

Royals starter Edinson Volquez, pitching five days after the death of his father, kept the game close. He allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits, striking out and walking five.

After Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff home run on a 0-and-2 pitch in the first, Volquez didn't allow another hit until the sixth, when he walked Granderson leading off and David Wright grounded a single between shortstop and third and into left.

Daniel Murphy hit a one-hop smash off the glove of first baseman Hosmer, who made a backhand attempt and was charged with an error that loaded the bases.

Yoenis Cespedes fouled a pitch off his left knee, popped out to shortstop and limped back to the dugout. Duda drove in the Mets' second run with a fly ball to center, and Travis d'Arnaud grounded out.

Kansas City's bullpen held the Mets scoreless over six innings.

Royals rally past Mets to win World Series championship 11/01/15 [Last modified: Monday, November 2, 2015 12:56am]
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