It came late in the game, but it was a perfect run nonetheless.
After 30 long years and countless disappointments, the Kansas City Royals once again reigned supreme after another come-from-behind victory to down the New York Mets, 7-2, in 12 innings for their first World Series pennant since 1985.
A single homer by Christian Colon in the 12th inning sealed the win for Kansas.
Down 2-0 at the ninth inning, the Royals clawed their way back in Game 5 against two of the Mets’ top guys: Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia. And Kansas bagged it not with run after run, but instead with a devil-may-care dash by Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain’s three-run double, and two crucial steals at the bases.
Lorenzo Cain scored the Royals’ first run in the crucial ninth inning and notched a three-run double in the 12th that sealed New York’s fate, ending the Mets’ quest of winning their first World Series championship since 1986.
This was not the first time in the series that both teams engaged in extra innings.
Game 1 was stretched to 14 innings, the longest Game 1 in World Series history. Game 5 reached the 12th, putting a delay to Kansas City’s celebration at Citi Field. This was also the first World Series matchup with multiple extra-inning matches since 2001.
Kansas City’s victory was doubly sweeter and avenged their heartbreaking defeat in Game Seven in last year’s World Series battle versus the San Francisco Giants.
This is the Royals’ first Fall Classic championship since triumphing over their cross-state rivals St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.
The title-clinching victory was Kansas City’s remarkable eighth come-from-behind win of the postseason.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez was adjudged Most Valuable Player of the Series after batting .364 with two RBIs, scored three runs and posting a .391 on-base average, and virtually easily handling a pitching crew that more than stood toe-to-toe against their Mets counterparts.