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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.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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