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Mets explode for four runs in the sixth, extend Game 3 lead over the Royals

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The Mets exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth against the Royals’ bullpen, padding their lead to six runs at 9-3. Lefty Franklin Morales started the inning for the Royals, but got into trouble, allowing a one-out single to Juan Lagares, hitting Wilmer Flores with a pitch, and serving up a pinch-hit RBI single to Juan Uribe.

The bleeding continued when Morales hesitated on a Curtis Granderson comebacker to the mound, making a terrible throw to second base after contemplating the possibility that Flores would come home. Instead of recording the second out, the bases were loaded with one out for David Wright.

Manager Ned Yost replaced the wild Morales with right-hander Kelvin Herrera, but David Wright — who had smacked a two-run home run in the first inning — drove a single to center field to plate two more runs. Herrera then walked Daniel Murphy to re-load the bases for Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes lifted a fly ball to medium-deep left field, which gave Granderson the opportunity to score easily. The inning finally came to a close when Herrera struck out Lucas Duda looking.

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard settled down after allowing three runs to the Royals in the first two innings. He retired 12 batters in a row prior to a Mike Moustakas infield single in the top half of the sixth. Reliever Addison Reed has taken the hill to begin the seventh for the Mets.

It’s looking like the Mets will ensure that the World Series goes at least five games.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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