Saturday, June 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Royals rally past Mets to take 3-1 lead in World Series

NEW YORK — The Royals rallied for three runs in the eighth inning after second baseman Daniel Murphy's error and startled the Mets 5-3 Saturday night for a 3-1 lead in the World Series.

Kansas City posted its seventh postseason comeback win this October. Now, one more victory in November will clinch its first crown since 1985.

Edinson Volquez, who pitched Game 1 for Kansas City only hours after his father died, has returned from the funeral and is scheduled to start Game 5 tonight. Matt Harvey starts for New York.

Mets rookie Michael Conforto hit two home runs, and a sellout crowd kept getting louder and louder on Halloween night. But the fans at Citi Field gasped then went silent after Murphy's misplay.

Murphy let Eric Hosmer's grounder go under his glove with one out, allowing the tying run to score. Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez followed with RBI singles.

Conforto's leadoff home run in the third against Chris Young and a gaffe by Kansas City rightfielder Alex Rios later in the inning gave the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Conforto, a rookie who did not face Young during his relief outing in the 14-inning opener, pulled an 87 mph pitch 395 feet into the rightfield upper deck.

Wilmer Flores singled, ending an 0-for-10 Series start, advanced on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third by Mets starter Steven Matz.

Curtis Granderson hit a 254-foot fly ball to right. Rios caught it and took a casual step toward Kansas City's dugout, apparently thinking it was the final out of the inning. In the middle of his second step, he threw to the plate, but not in time to get Flores coming home from third.

Kansas City asked umpires to check whether Flores left third base early. After a video review of two minutes, 22 seconds, the safe call on the field was upheld.

Conforto's second homer of the night gave the Mets a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning.

Conforto became the fifth rookie to hit two home runs in a World Series game and first since 19-year-old Andruw Jones for the Braves in the 1996 opener at Yankee Stadium, according to STATS. The others were Charlie Keller (1939) and Tony Kubek (1957) for the Yankees and Willie McGee (1982) for the Cardinals.

Conforto entered 2-for-22 (.091) with a homer and four RBIs this postseason. He became the sixth Mets player to hit two homers in a playoff game.

The only other Mets player to go deep twice in a World Series game was Hall of Famer Gary Carter in Game 4 against Boston at Fenway Park in 1986.

Lorenzo Cain's RBI single in the sixth inning cut Kansas City's deficit to 3-2 and chased Matz. Former Ray Ben Zobrist opened the inning with his eighth double of the postseason, tying the record held by Albert Pujols and David Freese from 2011 with St. Louis.

Cain followed with a single to center.

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