1It’s that Esky magic
Edinson Volquez made swift work of the Mets. Curtis Granderson flied to left, David Wright flied to right and Daniel Murphy, Mr. Home Run, struck out. Alcides Escobar did his thing: He swung at the first pitch. Escobar drove a pitch to the left-field gap, but Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes appeared to have a bead on the ball. Then he appeared to try a backhand catch. The ball hit off his foot and skidded away and Escobar rounded the bases on an infield homer. Eric Hosmer drew a two-out walk, but Kendrys Morales grounded out to third.
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2Royals leave two on
The Mets didn’t do anything again as Volquez set them down in order. Salvador Perez hit a one-out single and Alex Gordon drew a walk. But Mets starter Matt Harvey got Alex Rios to fly to center and Escobar grounded to third.
3Volquez escapes jam
The Mets had their first threat of the game as Kelly Johnson and Granderson drew consecutive two-out walks. However, Volquez struck out Wright looking and escaped the jam. The Royals went down in order. Hosmer made the third out on a slow grounder to short, despite diving into first base.
4Mets draw even
Murphy opened the inning with a single, and moved to third on a one-out single by Lucas Duda. Travis d’Arnaud also singled and Murphy came in to score as the Mets tied the game. The Royals didn’t have a base runner, but Perez was robbed of a hit on a jumping catch by Wright at third base.
5Granderson goes yard
With one out, Granderson hit a home run to right field as the Mets moved ahead. Volquez induced a pair of ground outs to Zobrist to end the top of the inning. The Royals went down in order again as Harvey made it 11 in a row retired.
6All tied up
The Mets padded their lead as Cespedes and Duda opened the frame with singles. Volquez got a big strikeout of d’Arnaud, but Cespedes scored on a sacrifice fly to Gordon in left. The two-run lead vanished quickly. Ben Zobrist turned on a 94 mph fastball and lined a ball into the right-field corner. Lorenzo Cain followed with a single and Zobrist took third. Hosmer’s fly to center got Zobrist home. Cain stole second and Moustakas delivered a big two-out single that scored Cain.
7Into the bullpens
Danny Duffy started the inning for the Royals and he struck out pinch hitter Michael Cuddyer and got Granderson to fly to right. Kelvin Herrera entered, and wobbled. Wright and Murphy hit consecutive singles, but Herrera got Cespedes to fly to left. Addison Reed took over for the Mets and set down the Royals in order.
8One great at-bat for Mets
With two outs, Juan Legares had a sensational at-bat against Herrera, fouling off at least one 100 mph pitch with two strikes. Legares ended with hitting a single and then stealing second. Wilmer Flores hit a bouncing ball to Hosmer at first, and he tried to make a backhanded grab of the ball. It got by him and Legares sped home. Zobrist opened the inning with a double off Tyler Clippard. Cain tried unsuccessfully to bunt before striking out. Hosmer also fanned, but Zobrist took third on a wild pitch. Morales then walked and the rally appeared to be on. Howver, The Mets called on closer Jeurys Familia, who got Moustakas to ground out.
9Gordon to the rescue
Wright had a one-out single off Luke Hochevar, but he was caught stealing. It took a replay to show he was out, because Wright was initially called safe. Murphy lifted a lazy fly to center With one out in the ninth, Gordon crushed a home run to straight away center field, and Familia had his first blown save of the postseason. He had converted 21 in a row overall.
14It’s an instant classic
Chris Young, the Royals’ presumptive Game 4 starter, pitched his third shutout inning, allowing just a walk in the 13th inning. Escobar hit a shot to Wright at third, and was safe when Wright’s throw was off-target. Zobrist followed with a line single to right field and Escobar moved to third. Cain then walked, loading the bases for Hosmer. He won it with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Escobar.