NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, October 30, 2015, 11:32 PM
Mets third baseman David Wright puts the Mets up on a two-run homer.
In the past nine years, David Wright has learned not to take anything for granted. The Mets captain has been through the misery of losing seasons and injury-plagued years since his last playoff appearance. This season as he dealt with the serious back condition that forced him to miss most of the season, he even wondered if he would ever experience this feeling again.
So, Friday night, Wright soaked in the home crowd ovation during World Series introductions and then made the most of his opportunities.
The third baseman fueled a resurgent offense and Noah Syndergaard stood up to the pesky Royals lineup as the Mets rallied for a 9-3 win over the Royals at Citi Field in front of a crowd of 44,781.
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Mets starter Noah Syndergaard with a fist pump to end the fifth.
The Mets cut the Royals’ lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven-games series.
In his first World Series at-bat in front of the home crowd, Wright rose to the occasion. He crushed a two-run home run and later on had a two-run single in the Mets’ four-run sixth.
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Syndergaard battled through the first two innings and then settled in to hold the Royals scoreless for four innings. He held the Royals to three runs on seven hits. After watching Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom try to change their gameplan against the Royals, Syndergaard stuck with his strength, attacking them with his fastball and struck out six. Harvey and deGrom had struck out four combined.
Curtis Granderson homered in the third, scoring Syndergaard, to put the Mets ahead for good.
David Wright helps get the Mets back into the Series.
Held to just two hits by Johnny Cueto on Wednesday night, the Mets chased Royals righthander Yordano Ventura after just 3.1 innings Friday. They scored five runs on seven hits off him. Ventura struck out one.
The power display by Wright and Granderson was exactly the offensive sign that the Mets were looking for after suffering two losses in Kansas City.
The Mets got to the World Series with the home run powering their offense. They hit 14 homers in the nine games through the NLDS (seven) and the NLCS (seven), riding the red-hot bat of Daniel Murphy, who hit home runs in an MLB-record six straight games, to get to here.
So Wright’s first at-bat was a good sign that the offense was turning.
Noah Syndergaard pitching in the first inning.
Wright’s home run was an estimated 381-feet, a no-doubter, deep into the left-field seats, scoring Granderson, who had led off the game with a single. It was just his second home run of the year at Citi Field and his first home run in the postseason since Game 3 of the 2006 NLCS.
Wright, who missed 115 games this season as he dealt with spinal stenosis, also singled in two more runs in the Mets’ four-run sixth.
Wright’s homer had given Syndergaard a 2-1 lead, but the Mets gave it right back in the top of the second inning.
The rookie righthander allowed three straight singles, including an RBI-single to Alex Rios. The Royals right fielder scored on a passed ball that got through Travis d’Arnaud’s legs and to the backstop.
Curtis Granderson two-run shot scores pitcher Noah Syndergaard in the third inning.
Syndergaard settled down on the mound in the third and in the batter’s box. He sat down the Royals in order in the top of the inning. In the bottom of the inning, he led off with a line-drive single to right. He became the third pitcher in Mets history to record a hit and score a run in a World Series game, joining Tug McGraw and Dwight Gooden when Granderson’s home run just cleared the right-field fences.
It was Granderson’s eighth career postseason home run and the second of the World Series.
Syndergaard needed the offensive bailout Friday night. After a one-out double to Ben Zobrist, the Royals took the 1-0 lead on Eric Hosmer’s ground out in the first. The rookie was back in trouble early in the second, giving up two runs on four hits and a passed ball.
An aerial view of fireworks exploding during the opening ceremonies for Game 3 of the World Series.
But from that point on, Syndergaard looked sharp. He retired 12 straight, including striking out five, before Mike Moustakas hit a two-out single. Looking like he was running out of steam, Syndergaard walked Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon to load the bases, before he got Rios to ground out to shortstop.
He was done, but the Mets made sure it held up for him, tacking on four runs in the sixth. Juan Uribe, making his first postseason appearance, hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth and the Mets added another on Yoenis Cespedes’ sacrifice fly.
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