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.