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Curtis Granderson lines a two-run homer, Mets jump back on top of the Royals

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Update (9:36 PM EDT): The Mets tacked on in the bottom of the fourth, leading off the frame with a Lucas Duda single and a Travis d'Arnaud double off of Ventura. Following a mound visit, Ventura allowed an infield single to Michael Conforto, which also saw d’Arnaud scamper to third base. Ventura was able to get Wilmer Flores to foul out to first base, but that was the end of the line for the right-hander. Yost pulled Ventura in favor of lefty reliever Danny Duffy. Duffy fanned Syndergaard, then got Granderson to fly out to shallow center.

It’s 5-3 Mets after four innings.

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Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson lined a two-run home run into Utley’s Corner at Citi Field, helping his team jump back on top of the Royals 4-3 in the bottom of the third inning in Game 3 of the World Series.

It’s the Mets’ second two-run homer of the game off of Royals starter Yordano Ventura. David Wright had hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning but the Royals rallied to score two runs in the top of the second against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard.

Through three innings, it’s been a back-and-forth affair. The Mets are trying to avoid falling behind three games to none in the best-of-seven series.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”