Update (8:45 PM EDT): The Royals didn’t take that lying down. They led off the top of the second with three consecutive hits against Syndergaard. Salvador Perez blooped a single to left field, Alex Gordon ripped a liner to right field, and Alex Rios doubled to left. Gordon was called out on a tag play at third base following a replay review. Pitcher Yordano Ventura laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rios to third base. During the next at-bat against Alcides Escobar, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was unable to block a Syndergaard pitch in the dirt, allowing Rios to score from third.
Can’t keep the Royals down for long.
The Mets found themselves in a familiar hole after the top of the first inning on Friday night, shortly after Game 3 of the World Series had gone underway. The Royals used a double, an infield single, and a fielder’s choice ground out to push across a run against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. Already down two games to none in a best-of-seven series, falling into an early deficit in Game 3 could have been a morale destroyer.
In the bottom half of the first inning, however, the Mets wasted no time putting pressure on Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Outfielder Curtis Granderson led off with an infield single, and third baseman David Wright promptly hammered a two-run home run to left field. Ventura was able to retire Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, and Lucas Duda to escape the inning, but not before the damage was done.
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