Royals Capture World Series Crown With 7-2 Extra Innings Win Over Mets

The Kansas City Royals are the 2015 World Series Champions after defeating the New York Mets 7-2 in 12 innings in Game 5. The Royals mounted yet another comeback, scoring two runs in the ninth inning to force extras. The Royals took the lead on this game-winning RBI by Christian Colon. 

Salvador Perez led off the 12th with a single and the Royals sent out Jarrod Dyson to pinch run. The speedy Dyson stole second three pitches later. Alex Gordon then grounded out, advancing Dyson to third. Pinch-hitter Colon came through with the single-biggest hit of his young career, driving in Dyson in his first at-bat of the postseason.

The game quickly got out of hand for the Mets after that, as Paulo Orlando reached on an error by David Murphy, putting runners on first and second with one out. Alcides Escobar added an insurance run and Lorenzo Cain then drove in three with this double. 

Luke Hochevar picked up the win thanks to a scoreless 10th and 11th. Wade Davis closed the game with a scoreless inning of work. Addison Reed was tagged with the loss after giving up the game-winning run. He recorded just one out and was replaced by Bartolo Colon. 

Mets starter Matt Harvey went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out nine batters in a performance that the Mets desperately needed. Harvey pleaded to go out in the ninth, and Mets manager Terry Collins kept him out on the mound. Harvey walked the first batter he faced, and Eric Hosmer doubled home a run. Closer Jeurys Familia came on with a runner on second, nobody out and allowed one run to score after an error and a gutsy base-running move by Hosmer

It was pitcher's duel, as both Harvey and Royals starter Edinson Volquez pitched well. Volquez went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and five walks. He struck out five batters. Kelvin Herrera was wonderful in relief, allowing one hit in three innings on just 33 pitches. 

The Mets started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as outfielder Curtis Granderson led off with a solo shot. The Mets added an insurance run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly. It could have been a bigger inning, as the Mets loaded the bases with no one out. However, Volquez managed to get out of the inning with only one run allowed. The Royals managed to score two runs in the ninth, which was enough to force extras. The Royals put a runner on second in the 11th with two outs, but couldn't drive him in. It didn't matter though, as the Royals still won. 

It is the Royals' first World Series title since 1985 and second in franchice history. 

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