Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Mets rout Royals in World Series Game 3

NEW YORK — Two balls launched over the wall, one fired over an opponent's head and just like that, David Wright and the Mets are right back in this World Series.

Wright homered and drove in four runs, Curtis Granderson also connected and rookie Noah Syndergaard set a nasty tone at the start of a 9-3 victory Friday night against the Royals that trimmed New York's deficit to 2-1.

Shut down at the plate in Kansas City, the Mets broke loose with 12 hits from nine different players as they chased Yordano Ventura early.

Wright's four RBIs are one shy of the Mets' franchise record in a World Series. Rusty Staub had five in Game 4 of the 1973 World Series.

Syndergaard went six innings, giving the Mets the winning performance they didn't get from Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom at Kauffman Stadium.

Hometown rookie Steven Matz will try to pull New York tonight in Game 4 when he faces 36-year-old Chris Young.

After the Mets fell behind in the first inning, Granderson started the bottom half with a single and Wright hit his first World Series home run, recharging a packed crowd of 44,781 that included Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Dennis Miller.

The captain, who entered batting .182 without an RBI in his first World Series, added a two-run single on Kelvin Herrera's first pitch during a four-run sixth that broke it open. Pinch-hitter Juan Uribe, just back from a chest injury, had an RBI single in his first plate appearance since Sept. 25. Slumping slugger Yoenis Cespedes added a sacrifice fly.

Syndergaard caught everyone's attention with his first delivery to aggressive leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar.

Well aware of Escobar's penchant for attacking the first pitch — the ALCS MVP opened Game 1 against New York with an inside-the-park homer — Syndergaard promised Thursday he had "a few tricks" up his sleeve for Escobar.

That turned out to be a 97 mph fastball fired just off the inside corner and way over Escobar's head, eliciting a huge cheer from fans.

Kansas City players spent the next few innings shouting at Syndergaard from the dugout.

Escobar struck out, yet the Royals hardly looked intimidated as they scored three runs in the first two innings.

Former Ray Ben Zobrist doubled and scored on a groundout by Eric Hosmer that gave him 16 RBIs in 14 postseason games this year. Alex Rios had an RBI single in the second, and another run scored on Travis d'Arnaud's passed ball.

Syndergaard singled leading off the third ahead of Granderson's second homer of the Series. That put the Mets ahead to stay at 4-3, making it the first World Series game with three lead changes in the first three innings, according to STATS.

FIRST FOR MONDESI: Raul A. Mondesi became the first player to make his major-league debut in the World Series. The 20-year-old, added to Kansas City's roster on Tuesday, pinch-hit in the fifth inning Friday and struck out on four pitches. His father, Raul Mondesi, was the 1994 NL rookie of the year with the Dodgers and played 13 seasons in the big leagues.

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