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Michael Conforto homers, Alex Rios’ brain freezes as Mets take 2-0 Game 4 lead

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Mets rookie outfielder Michael Conforto broke a scoreless tie leading off the bottom of the third inning, crushing a Chris Young offering into the upper deck down the right field line at Citi Field for a solo home run. The Mets weren’t done there, though.

Wilmer Flores singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then moved to third when starter Steven Matz expertly laid down a sacrifice bunt. Curtis Granderson then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that was shallow enough to give right fielder Alex Rios a chance to throw out Flores at the plate. However, Rios ostensibly forgot how many outs in the inning there were, as he casually camped under the ball, then awkwardly threw home as Flores scored safely. Royals manager Ned Yost requested a replay review to check whether or not Flores left the third base bag early, but the initial ruling was upheld — there was not indisputable evidence to overturn the call — as the Mets’ lead was officially extended to 2-0.

Young had tossed two perfect innings before the Mets jumped on him in the third.

Matz has held the Royals scoreless on two hits and no walks with three strikeouts in three innings of work thus far. He’s thrown 47 pitches, about halfway to his 95-pitch count set by manager Terry Collins. Bartolo Colon is expected to take over once Matz hits his limit.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.