Curtis Granderson homers, staking Mets to an early lead in Game 5

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Leadoff batter Curtis Granderson wasted no time getting the Mets on the board in Game 5 of the World Series, drilling an 0-2 Edinson Volquez change-up to straightaway center field in the first inning. Granderson has now reached base in 14 consecutive post-season games, as SB Nation noted on Twitter. He’s also the first Met to hit a leadoff homer in a World Series game since Lenny Dykstra

Volquez struck out David Wright and Daniel Murphy, then got Yoenis Cespedes to ground out to escape the inning without any further damage.

Matt Harvey tossed a scoreless first inning for the Mets. The Mets, if they fall to the Royals in Game 5, will lose the World Series. It is, literally, a must-win game for them.