Royals Beat Mets 5-4 In 14 Innings, Take Game 1 Of World Series

In a back-and-forth game that saw no team gain an advantage for any significant length of the time - and tied for the longest game in World Series history - the Kansas City Royals managed to outlast the New York Mets thanks to a RBI sac fly from Eric Hosmer in the bottom of the 14th inning.

Royals shortstop and leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, smashing the first pitch he saw to the wall, where Mets centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes misplayed the ball and allowed Escobar to scamper all the way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

New York responded with one run in each of the 4th, 5th (courtesy of a Curtis Granderson solo home run), and 6th innings to grab a 3-1 lead, but Kansas City was able to even the score with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Mets then took the lead back in the 8th when Juan Lagares scored off an error by Hosmer.

That looked like it would be the winning run, but Alex Gordon hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth off of Jeurys Familia to tie the game 4-4, sending it into extra innings. 

Starting pitcher Matt Harvey allowed five hits and three earned runs in six innings of work for the Mets, and was matched every step of the way by Edinson Volquez, who gave up six hits and three earned runs in six innings.

Ben Zobrist (three hits), Salvador Perez (two), and Mike Moustakas (two) had multiple hits in the game for the Royals, while New York's Daniel Murphy continued his hot postseason with two hits and a run scored. Lucas Duda, David Wright, and Lagares also had two hits for the Mets.

Game 2 is set to start at 8:07 pm Wednesday night on FOX.

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