Huge Error Late Puts Mets in Big World Series Hole

Kansas City goes up 3-1, with help from mistake by Daniel Murphy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 31, 2015 10:56 PM CDT
Updated Nov 1, 2015 12:03 AM CDT
Huge Error Late Puts Mets in Big World Series Hole
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer celebrates with Alcides Escobar (2) after scoring on an RBI single during the eighth inning.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The Kansas City Royals rallied for three runs in the eighth inning after second baseman Daniel Murphy's error and startled the New York Mets 5-3 Saturday night for a 3-1 lead in the World Series. Mets rookie Michael Conforto hit two home runs, and a sellout crowd kept getting louder and louder on Halloween night. But the fans at Citi Field gasped, then went silent after Murphy's misplay. He let Eric Hosmer's grounder go under his glove with one out, allowing the tying run to score. Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez followed with RBI singles.

The Royals posted their seventh postseason comeback win this October. Now, one more victory in November will clinch their first crown since 1985. Edinson Volquez, who pitched Game 1 for Kansas City only hours after his father died, has returned from the funeral and will start Game 5 Sunday night. Matt Harvey starts for the Mets. Murphy had been the team's big star heading into the World Series, having homered in six consecutive playoff games. (More Kansas City Royals stories.)

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