Royals clinch nail-biting Game 1

The Kansas City Royals edged past the New York Mets 5-4 in a 14-inning thriller in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Neither side has won the Worlds Series in nearly three decades, and the opening game of the season finale was packed full of more drama than one could have expected.

Tuesday's fixture was the longest opening World Series game in history and included an inside-the-park homer, a power outage and five extra innings; it was non-stop excitement.

It was the Royals who took the lead in the bottom of the first as Alcides Escobar hammered a solo home run off Matt Harvey's inning-opening pitch. But if that wasn't crazy enough, it was an inside-the-park run, as Escobar smashed the ball to centre field where Yoenis Cespedes booted what should have been a routine catch after a mix-up saw the hit go unclaimed.

However, the Mets brought themselves level at 1-1 in the fourth when National League Championship Series MVP Daniel Murphy scored off an infield single by Travis d'Arnaud.

There was drama at the bottom of the fourth when the broadcaster lost power, causing a six-minute delay that left Matt Harvey standing on the mound with nobody to pitch to. Teams rely on the broadcasts to watch for close calls that they may want to challenge, and it was only when power was restored that play got back underway. Despite the disruption, Harvey emerged from the inning unscathed. 

The Mets proceeded to go 2-1 in the next inning as Curtis Granderson smashed a solo home run. 

The Mets extended their lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth thanks to Michael Conforto's sacrifice fly. However, the Royals came roaring back to level the score at 3-3 through Eric Hosmer's sacrifice fly and Mike Moustakas' RBI single. 

The Royals found themselves trailing once again in the eighth when Mets center fielder Juan Lagares singled before going on to steal second. He then proceeded to put his side ahead when he took advantage of Hosmer's error. 

However, the Royals refused to go down without a fight and with the game on the line in the ninth, Alex Gordon blasted a solo home run to tie the score and keep his side in contention. 

With neither side giving anything away over the next four innings, Hosmer finally broke the deadlock in the bottom of the 14th with a game-winning sacrifice fly that allowed Escobar to score. The Mets will feel that they let the game slip though, with Escobar having reached first on the back of a throwing error from Mets third baseman David Wright

Game 2 takes place at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday before the series heads to New York. The Royals will take heart from the fact that Game 1 winners have gone on to take the title 62 percent of the time, including in 11 of the past 12 years

 

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