New York Mets

The “treat” part of this weekend’s upcoming Halloween “trick-or-treating” came early for Mets fans Friday night as a four-run sixth inning pushes the Amazins’ to a much-needed Game 3 win.

New York Mets 9 (1-2)
Kansas City Royals 3 (2-1)
World Series, Game 3 (Royals lead 2-1)
Full Game Box Score
Citi Field, Flushing, NY

By Jeff Weisinger

A former, recently late New York baseball star once said “it ain’t over til’ it’s over.”

Somewhere, Yogi Berra is proud of his New York Mets club after their huge 9-3 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series.

The Mets entered Friday night’s game after losing the first two games of the series at Kansas City. However they returned the favor to start the three-game series at Citi Field in Flushing.

Both teams traded runs back and forth for the first three innings, trading the lead through each inning.

Royals’ first baseman Eric Hosmer opened the scoring in the first inning, scoring Ben Zobrist from third on a grounder to first base. The Mets responded in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer by David Wright, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead early on.

Kansas City took the lead back in the second inning on an RBI liner to left by Alex Rios to tie the game at two apiece, and went up 3-2 after a passed ball by Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, scoring Rios from third.

However, the Mets responded in a way they haven’t responded so far during the series: hard and often.

Curtis Granderson led off the rally with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third off of Royals starter Yordano Ventura, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. Michael Conforto singled on a grounder to first that was misplayed by Hosmer in the fourth, pushing the Mets lead to 5-3 and putting them in full control of the game.

The Mets put the game away in the sixth inning on an RBI single to right field by Juan Uribe and a single by Wright to center to push the Mets lead to 8-3. Yoenis Cespedes sac fly with one out scored Granderson from third to make it 9-3 Mets.

While the Mets bats came alive in Game 3, the Mets pitching staff did what they’ve done best all season: dominate on the mound.

Despite the slow start for rookie Noah Syndergaard, he gave the Amazins’ a solid six innings on the mound, allowing just three runs on seven hits while striking out six, the most of any Mets starter during this World Series so far. The Mets bullpen shut down the Royals for the final three innings to preserve the six-run blowout.

After the back-and-forth first three innings, Syndergaard retired 12 in a row after Alcides Escobar singled to center with two outs in the second inning, giving the Mets lineup a chance to hit the Royals staff hard.

Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura struggled to shut down the Mets lineup, going just 3 1/3 innings on the mound, allowing five runs on seven hits while notching just one strikeout.

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Reliever Franklin Morales had the toughest outing of the entire Royals staff. He entered the game in the sixth inning in relief of Luke Hochevar and simply struggled and lost the game, or whatever the game could’ve been, for Kansas City. After getting d’Arnaud to ground out, Juan Lagares singled to left and Wilmer Flores reached first after being hit by a pitch. Uribe scored his RBI single with one out right after, scoring Lagares to push the game to 6-3. Granderson hit a one-hopper to Morales on the following at-bat, however Morales looked to third, then first, then threw wide of second, loading the bases with one out. Kelvin Herrera came in right away, however Wright lined the first pitch to center to extend the Mets lead to 8-3.

The Mets will look to tie the series at two games apiece tomorrow night as rookie Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA) takes the mound for his first career World Series start – his ninth overall career start – while the Royals send out former Met Chris Young (11-6, 3.06 ERA) in Game 4 (8 p.m. ET, FOX).

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