October 30, 2015: Game Three of World Series

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Date: October 30, 2015
Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard
Mets: 9
Royals: 3
Winning pitcher: Noah Syndergaard
Key player(s): David Wright, Curtis Granderson
Key play: Wright’s homer and single, Granderson’s home run

The third game of the World Series took place on a Friday night at Citi Field. Trailing two-games-to-none, the Mets aimed to reduce the Royals’ edge. David Wright and Curtis Granderson combined to drive in six runs in a 9-3 Mets win over Kansas City.

Ben Zobrist doubled against Mets’ starter Noah Syndergaard with one out in the top of the first inning. Zobrist advanced to third base on Lorenzo Cain’s single and came home on Eric Hosmer’s force play ground ball to first baseman Lucas Duda. Mike Moustakas grounded back to Syndergaard for the third out and Granderson got a leadoff single against the Royals’ Yordano Ventura in the bottom half. Wright followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Daniel Murphy popped out to shortstop Alcides Escobar and a called third strike was thrown past Yoenis Cespedes. Ventura then got Duda to ground out to second baseman Zobrist and end the inning.

Consecutive singles by Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon began the top of the second. Alex Rios got a single (and advanced to second base) on which Perez scored and Gordon was out via a throw by left fielder Michael Conforto to third baseman Wright. Rios went to third on Ventura’s sacrifice bunt and came home on catcher Travis d'Arnaud’s passed ball for a 3-2 Kansas City lead. Escobar singled and stole second. Syndergaard retired Zobrist on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Cespedes. Ventura then pitched a perfect bottom half.

After setting down the side in order in the top of the third, Syndergaard singled to open the bottom of the inning. Granderson connected for a homer to put the Mets back in front by a run. Ventura retired the next three batters on infield grounders to close out the inning and Noah hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Duda got a single against Ventura to lead off the bottom half. Lucas moved to third base on d’Arnaud’s double and scored on Conforto’s single, extending the New York lead to 5-3. Wilmer Flores was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Hosmer. Royals’ reliever Danny Duffy then set down the next two hitters to finish off the inning.

Syndergaard retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Kansas City reliever Luke Hochevar gave up only a single to Cespedes in the bottom half and the Royals failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Juan Lagares singled against K. C. ‘s Franklin Morales with one out in the bottom of the inning. Flores was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Juan Uribe got a single to drive home Lagares. Granderson reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to load the bases and Kelvin Herrera came in to pitch for the Royals. Wright greeted Herrera with a single that plated both Flores and Uribe, increasing the Mets’ lead to 8-3. Murphy drew a walk that reloaded the bases and Cespedes hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Granderson with the ninth New York run of the game. Herrera then got Duda on a called third strike for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Addison Reed retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Kansas City’s Ryan Madson yielded just a single to d’Arnaud in the bottom half and New York’s Tyler Clippard hurled a perfect top of the eighth. The Royals’ Kris Medlen set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning and the Mets’ Jeurys Familia retired Perez on a grounder to shortstop Flores to start the top of the ninth. Gordon went down on strikes and Familia got pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales on a ground ball to Wright to close out the game. The Mets had a victory to cut the Kansas City lead in half.