The Mets wasted no time in getting on the board in the bottom of the inning. Curtis Granderson beat out an infield single to second and David Wright went yard with a 2-run homer to put the Mets on top, 2-1.
Like a heavyweight fight with two guys coming out swinging, the Royals returned fire in the top of the second. Three consecutive singles plated the tying run, but the Mets were fortunate to nail Alex Gordon trying to go from first to third on Alex Rios’ single. Gordon was originally called safe but a replay review reversed the call and produced out number one. Yordano Ventura laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rios to third and a passed ball by catcher Travis d’Arnaud scored him, giving the Royals a 3-2 lead.
There is a momentary lull in the scoring in the bottom of the second and top of the third, but pitcher Noah Syndergaard singles to lead off the bottom of the third and is brought around on a two-run dinger by Curtis Granderson to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Most pitchers aren’t very adept with the bat but Syndergaard hit .209/.227/.302 this year, which was about the same as Mariners’ catcher Mike Zunino (.174/.230/.300).
Syndergaard breezed through the top of the fourth and the Mets got it going again in the bottom of the inning. Lucas Duda singled to left. Travis d’Arnaud doubled him to third. Michael Conforto hustled down the line on a ground ball to second for an infield single that scored Duda and moved d’Arnaud to third, pushing the Mets lead to 5-3. With the pitcher due up and a left-handed hitter on deck, Royals’ manager Ned Yost brought the hook for starting pitcher Yordano Ventura, looking to stifle the threat before falling too far behind. In comes Danny Duffy and down goes Syndergaard on a called strike three for the second out of the inning. Duffy then got Granderson to fly out to end the threat.
After getting roughed up in the second inning, Syndergaard settled down and retired 12 straight hitters before giving up a two-out single to Mike Moustakas in the top of the sixth. He then walked Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon to load the bases. The Mets had Bartolo Colon and Jonathan Niese warming up but stuck with Syndergaard. Syndergaard came through by getting Alex Rios to ground out to short to end the inning, preserving the Mets 5-3 lead.
Leaving the bases loaded was a big blow to the Royals’ chances. A clutch hit could have tied the score and would have encouraged them to bring in one of their better relievers. Instead, the Mets took advantage of the lesser part of the Royals’ bullpen in the bottom of the sixth. Kansas City reliever Franklin Morales got the first out of the inning but then gave up a single to Juan Lagares, hit Wilmer Flores with a pitch and gave up an RBI-single to Juan Uribe. That opened the floodgates. The Mets ended up adding on three more runs and took a 9-3 lead that they would not relinquish.
The Mets’ victory makes the series two games to one in favor of the Royals, with two more games left to play in New York. The top of the order was big for the Mets today. Leadoff man Curtis Granderson had two hits, scored three runs, and plated two more. The number two man in the lineup, David Wright, was 2 for 5 with a run scored and four RBI.