NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 1:27 AM
Royals’ Alex Gordon celebrates his game-tying home run in the 9th inning of Game 1.
KANSAS CITY – The Mets had a lead in the 9th inning with their closer on the hill, but couldn’t steal Game 1 of the World Series from the Royals.
Jeurys Familia gave up a long, game-tying home run to Alex Gordon in th 9th and the Royals won it in the 14th inning on Eric Hosmer’s sac fly that scored Alcides Escobar. Bartolo Colon was working his third inning of relief and took the loss.
Things looked great for the Mets after eight innings. Wilmer Flores’ ground ball skipped by Hosmer, allowing Juan Lagares to score with the go ahead run to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
But Familia, who has been all but untouchable this postseason, gave up the blast to dead center off the bat of Gordon that knotted it up.
The game was delayed approximately eight minutes in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Fox broadcast lost power to its production truck. That caused the replay rooms to lose their feeds. Both teams agreed to play temporarily without replay after Terry Collins charged the field, apparently arguing that the delay was detrimental to Harvey, who threw a few pitches to stay warm during the delay.
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Harvey was fine after the delay. Having given up the inside-the-park home run to Escobar to lead off the game, he had retired 11 straight until Ben Zobrist led off the sixth with a single. After Lorenzo Cain advanced him on another hard-hit single, Zobrist scored on Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly to center. Cain scored on Mike Moustakas’ line drive to center field, tying the game at 3-3.
Harvey was not his sharpest Tuesday night. He allowed three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out two over 80 pitches, by far the fewest he has thrown in a playoff game, but he began to look fatigued with his pitches in the sixth inning.
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Royals’ Alcides Escobar leads Game 1 off in style, with an inside-the-park home run.
Curtis Granderson had given the Mets their first World Series lead in the fifth, cranking an Edinson Volquez changeup just over the right-field wall, 372 feet, for his first home run of the post season. Granderson has hit safely in eight of 10 playoff games.
Yoenis Cespedes, who had led off the sixth with a single, scored an insurance run on Michael Conforto’s two-out sacrifice fly to left field.
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The Mets had tied it in the fourth with Daniel Murphy leading off the inning with a single, advancing to third on Lucas Duda’s single through the shift and scoring on Travis d’Arnaud’s sharp groundball to third. Mike Moustakas made a diving stop on the play, but the ball leaked out of his glove allowing Murphy to score.
The Mets scored three runs off Royals starter Edinson Volquez, whose father passed away before Tuesday night’s game. He allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one.
Jeurys Familia is upset with himself after surrendering a game-tying home run to Alex Gordon.
Matt Harvey is not as his sharpest over six innings.
Matt Harvey throws 80 pitches but is removed after six innings.
Curtis Granderson rips a solo home run to give the Mets a lead.
But they had to battle back, because the Mets had to play from behind for the first time since the NLDS Tuesday night.
Harvey’s first pitch, a 95-mile an hour fastball that hung fat over the plate, which Escobar seemed to be looking for. He jumped on it for a fly ball to left center. It seemed like an typical flyball out, but as Cepedes got a bad jump on the ball and when he closed on the ball, he took his eye off it to locate Michael Conforto. He pulled off a little and casually tried to backhand the catch. Instead, he missed it and knocked it down the left-field wall with his right knee.
As Conforto scrambled to chase down the ball, Escobar raced around third and barrelled toward home, easily scoring.
It was the first inside-the-park home run in the World Series since George “Mule” Haas of the Philadelphia A’s did it in 1929 against the Cubs. It was the 12th inside-the-park home run in World Series history and the second to lead off a World Series game.
It was the 20th time a player had led off a World Series game with a home run and the first since Derek Jeter did it. That was in Game 4 of the 2000 World Series when the Yankees beat the Mets.
That snapped a 41-inning streak in which the Mets had not trailed an opponent, dating back to Game 5 of the NLDS.
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