Michael Conforto homers again, pads Mets’ Game 4 lead

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Michael Conforto has had himself a ballgame. The rookie homered for a second time in the fifth inning of Game 5, drilling a Danny Duffy offering over the fence in right-center at Citi Field, bolstering the Mets’ lead to 3-1 over the Royals. Conforto had gone yard in the third inning, breaking a scoreless tie.

Conforto is the first Mets player to homer twice in a World Series game since catcher Gary Carter in Game 4 in 1986 against the Red Sox. Carlos Beltran was the last Met to homer twice in a playoff game, doing so in Game 4 of the 2006 NLCS against the Cardinals. As Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY notes, Conforto is the first rookie to homer twice in a World Series game since Andruw Jones in 1996 against the Yankees

Mets starter Steven Matz has tossed five solid innings, yielding only one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. The Royals finally got to him in the top of the fifth when, with one out, Salvador Perez doubled and Alex Gordon ripped a single to right field to plate Perez.