World Series Game 4: Royals Defeat Mets 5-3, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Game 4 of the World Series was a hard fought contest, and it was the Kansas City Royals who came out on top. Behind a strong team pitching effort and 8th inning rally, the Royals defeated the New York Mets 5-3 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. It's the seventh comeback win for the Royals in the postseason. 

The Royals were down 3-2 in the 8th inning, but plated three runs. The Mets' Tyler Clippard walked two batters with one out, prompting the Mets to turn to closer Jeurys Familia. A David Murphy error allowed one run to score, and a pair of singles by Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez gave the Royals a 5-3 lead. 

Wade Davis pitched the final two innings for the Royals, and allowed two his. Yoenis Cespedes was doubled up on a line drive with runners on first and second and one out to end the game. Chris Young went four innings for the Royals, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk. The Royals used four relievers, although only on them threw more than 20 pitches. 

Steven Matz was on track for a win, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in 5 innings. He struck out five batters. However, the Mets' bullpen failed to hold the lead.

Outfielder Michael Conforto played well for the Mets, bashing two solo home runs. He was the only Met to record more than one hit, as New York mustered just five all game. 

The Mets started the scoring with a solo home run from Michael Conforto and a sacrifice fly from Curtis Granderson in the third. The Royals cut the lead down to one on an Alex Gordon single in the 5th. However, the Mets extended the lead back to two in bottom of the 5th when Conforto blasted a home run. The Royals cut the lead to 3-2 on a Lorenzo Cain single in the 6th and took the lead for good with their three run eighth inning. 

Game 5 of the World Series is set for 5:15 p.m. ET Sunday in New York. It's the last home game this series for the Mets, and they'll start Matt Harvey. The Royals are expected to roll with Edinson Volquez. 

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