The Kansas City Royals took a 2-0 lead in the World Series after hammering the New York Mets 7-1 at the Kauffman Stadium%u200B on Wednesday night.
Pitcher Johnny Cueto was the star for the in the Royals as he conceded just one run off two hits in nine innings and struck out four. Having struggled in the American League Championship Series where he lasted just two innings against the Toronto Blue Jays in an 11-8 loss, Cueto was a very different pitcher on Wednesday – and the home fans showed their appreciation.
Eric Hosmer, whose sacrifice fly won a 14-inning thriller on Tuesday, drove in a two-run single off Jacob deGrom the defining moment in the four-run fifth inning as the Royals kicked on.
DeGrom, who was 3-0 in the postseason prior to Wednesday's defeat, started off well as he refused to give anything away in the first three innings, allowing the Mets to make a solid start to the game.
With the scores still level at 0-0, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas committed an error when he threw wide of first base which allowed Mets first baseman Lucas Duda to give his side the lead through a two-out RBI single in the top of the fourth.
It was all the Royals from that point on though as they tied up the game thanks to Alcides Escobar's RBI single. Hosmer proceeded to make it 3-1 after hitting a two-run single, while Kendrys Morales and Moustakas both singled to give the Royals a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth, as the men from Kansas City wrestling away the initiative.
The Mets could not respond, and the Royals added three more runs in the eighth through an RBI double by Alex Gordon, Paulo Orlando's sacrifice fly and Escobar's RBI triple.
The Mets had one final opportunity to launch a comeback in the top of the ninth, but Cueto capped off his near-perfect game by giving nothing away.
Game 3 between the Royals and Mets will be held at Citi Field in New York on Friday when Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard will face Yordano Ventura in an intriguing match-up.