Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

First Things First: Royals Rally to Top Mets in Game 1 of World Series

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

First Things First: Royals Rally to Top Mets in Game 1 of World Series

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Seeking their first title in 30 years, the Kansas City Royals kept their fans up late against the New York Mets in Game 1 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals and Mets were tied 4-4 entering the 12th inning at press time as Royals reliever Ryan Madson worked out of a jam with two runners on and two outs after giving up a leadoff bunt single by Juan Lagares and a walk.

Royals closer Wade Davis struck out the side in the 10th, and the Mets' Jon Niese also pitched a scoreless 10th.

The Royals trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth when Alex Gordon delivered a clutch one-out home run to straightaway center field against Mets closer Jeurys Familia. The crack of the bat left no doubt, and 428 feet later the Royals had new life when it looked like they would fall.

Juan Lagares delivered a two-out hit in the eighth then stole second and scored on a fielding error by Eric Hosmer, allowing the Mets to take a 4-3 lead. Facing Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores hit a weird-bouncing grounder, and Hosmer came up in front of the bag to field it. But the ball got past his glove, allowing Lagares to score.

The Royals tried to string together a rally in the eighth as Ben Zobrist hit a leadoff double against Mets reliever Tyler Clippard. But Lorenzo Cain failed to put down a bunt on the first two pitches of the at-bat then swung and missed for strike three.

Hosmer then had an opportunity for redemption, but he also struck out on three pitches. Zobrist later took third on a wild pitch, and Kendrys Morales drew a walk to give the Royals hope. But Clippard retired Mike Moustakas on a grounder to Flores to end the threat.

In the ninth, Mets slugger David Wright singled with one out against Luke Hochevar, but after a replay review, he was called out trying to steal second.

The Royals trailed 3-1 when they came to bat against Mets ace Matt Harvey in the sixth, but they tied it on three hits and a sac fly. Zobrist opened the inning with a double to right and took third on Cain's single. Hosmer then hit a fly-ball out to center, scoring Zobrist from third. …

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