Royals go for first title in 30 years against Mets in Game 5

Nov 1, 2015 7:00 AM

Baseball World Series Game 45 (KC leads 3-1)

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The Kansas City Royals go for their first MLB title in 30 years when they take on the New York Mets in Game 5 of the World Series. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. PT at Citi Field where Matt Harvey will go for the Mets against the Royals’ Edinson Volquez in a Game 1 rematch. Kansas City leads the series 3-1 and can open the bubbly with another victory in the Big Apple.

The Royals rallied for the seventh time in 10 postseason victories this year, this one from a 3-1 deficit. Daniel Murphy, who had been the hero during the Mets playoff run, was the goat in Game 5. With two on and one out in the eighth, a potential inning ending double-play ball went under his glove, allowing the Royals to tie the game at 3. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas followed with RBI singles to give KC the lead for good. Rookie Michael Conforto homered twice for the Mets who now need three straight wins if they’re to hoist the title trophy.

Volquez led the Royals rotation with 13 victories, a 3.55 ERA and 200 1/3 innings pitched during the regular season. He is 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in four postseason starts against Houston, Toronto and the Mets. He worked six innings but got a no-decision in Kansas City’s Game 1 victory.

The Mets, who will play their final home game of the season and possibly overall, are pinning their hopes on Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA; 2-0, 3.38 ERA in postseason). The Mets ace pitched the World Series opener in Kansas City and delivered a quality start: six innings, three earned runs.

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