Royals Make Late Comeback in Game 5 to Win World Series

Bradley Whitaker
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The Kansas City Royals are World Series champions for the first in 30 years after a magical late-game comeback to clinch Game 5.

It wasn’t easy for the Royals, and it took 12 innings to down the Mets on Sunday and into Monday.

New York got things going early on a solo blast from Curtis Granderson to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Most of the game was a pitchers duel between Mets starter Matt Harvey and Royals starter Edinson Volquez. Both pitchers would give up two runs (just one earned from Volquez), but in very different ways.

Harvey was lights out through his first eight innings, keeping New York fans comfortable as they held a 2-0 lead heading into the ninth inning. Manager Terry Collins made the decision to keep Harvey in the game (probably because Harvey wouldn’t let Collins pull him), but the decision proved costly.

The Royals rallied for two runs in the ninth on an RBI double from Eric Hosmer, followed by some brilliant baserunning to tie the game.

For the second time in this World Series, the game went to extra innings.

Things remained scoreless until the top of the 12th inning when Salvador Perez hit a leadoff single to get on base. Jarrod Dyson came in to pinch run and did his job stealing a base, advancing to third on a ground ball and scoring on an RBI single from Christian Colon.

Kansas City would add four more runs in the 12th to blow open the lead to 7-2, capped off by a three-RBI double from Lorenzo Cain.

The five runs was more than enough insurance for pitcher Wade Davis to get things done in the bottom of the 12th.

Catcher Salvador Perez was named the World Series MVP after hitting .385 (8-for-22) through five games.

Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals on their first World Series title since 1985. It’s been a long 30 years with a lot of terrible teams, but the Royals developed into one of the most efficient teams in baseball over the last two seasons through smart offseason moves and the development of young talent. After last season’s Game 7 World Series loss to the San Francisco Giants, the Royals were destined to make it back.

As they proved time and time again in the World Series, if you give the Royals any chance by making mistakes, they will make you pay. Mets fans will talk for years about the decision to leave Matt Harvey in the game for the ninth inning, allowing him to give up a walk and an RBI double. But the Royals once again took advantage of an opportunity, and now they’re World Series champions.

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