The KC Royals proved to be comeback kids once again (seventh time this postseason), using a three-run top of the eighth to beat the NY Mets, 5-3 in Game 4 of the World Series. The Royals are one win away from their first title since 1985.
After the Royals scored a run in the top of the sixth to chase Mets starter Steven Matz from the game, the Mets bullpen shut them down. Lefty Jon Niese got both left-handed hitters out and Bartolo Colon struck out Salvador Perez with a runner on third base to end the sixth. Addison Reed pitched a perfect seventh.
Then the 8th inning happened.
Tyler Clippard got the first out, but then walked the next two hitters, with Lorenzo Cain‘s coming after being ahead 0-2. Mets manager Terry Collins went to closer Jeurys Familia for the five out save, but he instead blew his second save of the series.
Eric Hosmer hit a slow roller to second base that Daniel Murphy let go under his glove for an error. That allowed the tying run to score.
Mike Moustakas followed and gave the Royals the lead on an RBI single to right field on the very first pitch he saw. Perez followed with an RBI single.
The Royals went to closer Wade Davis for the six out save, after both Luke Hochevar and Ryan Madson pitched a perfect inning of relief each. Davis threw 12 pitches to get the three outs in the eighth.
Things got interesting in the ninth, as Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes singled with one out. That brought up Lucas Duda as the winning run. Duda hit a soft liner to third base, but Cespedes took off for second base and was thus doubled up to end the game.
The Mets only collected four hits prior to the ninth, with two of them being solo home runs from rookie left fielder Michael Conforto. His first homer came off Royals starter Chris Young in the third. In that same inning, the Mets scored another run on a sac fly from Curtis Granderson. It was a fly ball to right fielder Alex Rios, who thought there were now three outs and did not immediately throw home. So the Royals overcame THAT mental mistake.
Conforto’s second home run came in the fifth after the Royals had just scored in the top of the inning. He hit that home run against Royals lefty Danny Duffy, his first homer allowed to a left-handed hitter since 2011. It was also Conforto’s first home run of his short big league career off a left-handed pitcher.
Game 5 will feature a rematch of the Game 1 starters: Edinson Volquez for the Royals versus Matt Harvey of the Mets.
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