Royals beat Mets in marathon World Series opener
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Hosmer's sacrifice fly in the 14th inning scored Alcides Escobar with the winning run, and the Kansas City Royals outlasted the New YorkMets for a 5-4 victory Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series.
The run was unearned as Escobar reached on a David Wright throwing error to start the inning. Ben Zobrist, who had three hits, singled Escobar to third. After Lorenzo Cain was walked intentionally, Hosmer flied out to right, and Escobar beat Curtis Granderson's throw home.
Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon, 42, became the oldest losing pitcher in World Series history.
Royals right-hander Chris Young worked three hitless innings, striking out four, to pick up the victory.
The 14-inning game matched the longest in World Series history.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon homered with one out in the ninth to straightaway center on a 1-1 Jeurys Familia pitch to tie the game and send the 40,320 Kauffman Stadium crowd into complete bedlam and the game into extra innings.
The Royals loaded the bases in the 12th but came away empty. Paulo Orlando, the first Brazilian to appear in a World Series game, led off the inning with an infield single. Colon walked two intentionally before retiring Jarrod Dyson on an easy fly ball to left.
Kansas City reliever Ryan Madson, who had allowed four home runs in 5 1/3 innings in six postseason games, pitched into and out of trouble in the 11th. Center fielderJuan Lagares began the inning with a bunt single, and shortstop Wilmer Flores bunted him to second base.
After Madson struck out Michael Cuddyer, he walked Granderson. Madson fell behind in the count 2-0 to Wright before striking him out in an eight-pitch at-bat.
Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese, who made 29 starts during the regular season, pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th innings.
Lagares singled with two outs in the eighth, stole second and scored on an error to give the Mets an abbreviated 4-3 lead.
Lagares, who was not in the starting lineup, singled to center off Kelvin Herrera and swiped second. Wilmer Flores hit a grounder that first baseman Hosmer attempted to backhand, but the ball got past him for an error, allowing Lagares to score an unearned run. It was only the Royals' second error in 12 postseason games.
New York led 3-1 after left fielder Michael Conforto hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, but Kansas City scored twice in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Hosmer's sacrifice fly cut New York's lead to 3-2, and third baseman Mike Moustakas leveled the score with a single to right-center.
Both starting pitchers, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey and Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez, threw six innings of three-run ball.
Volquez's father died of heart failure in the Dominican Republic before the game, multiple media outlets reported. There were conflicting reports on whether Volquez was told the news before he took the mound.
Granderson's fifth-inning solo home run put New York in front 2-1.
Escobar, the MVP of the American League Championship Series after hitting .478 against Toronto, swung at the first pitch in the first inning, as his custom, but this swing produced World Series history. The shortstop drove a Matt Harvey 95 mph four-seam fastball to left center.
Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes attempted to make a backhand grab, but the ball ricocheted off his leg and into left field. By the time Conforto reversed his field and chased it down, Escobar circled the bases standing up.
It was the 10th inside-the-park home run in World Series history and the first since Mule Haas on Oct. 13, 1929, for the Philadelphia Athletics against the Chicago Cubs. The only other inside-the-park homer to lead off a World Series game was by Patsy Dougherty for the Philadelphia Athletics against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Oct. 2, 1903.
The Mets clustered three singles in the fourth to tie the score at 1. Second baseman Daniel Murphy singled to center leading off the inning. That was Murphy's 17th postseason hit, which is a Mets record.
With one out, first baseman Lucas Duda hit a ground-ball single to right, advancing Murphy to third. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud's infield single to third brought Murphy home.
Granderson homered on a 1-2 Volquez 95 mph sinker in the fifth to put the Mets on top. Granderson's seventh career postseason home run, but his first this year, landed in the Mets' bullpen.