Royals rejoice, Mets bemoan moves in 111th World Series

Mon Nov 2, 2015 2:07pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals rejoiced at a mission accomplished, while the New York Mets bemoaned some sloppy fielding and dubious managerial moves in the 111th World Series.

The American League Royals ruled after executing their third crucial, late-inning rally in a clinching 12-inning victory against the National League champion Mets in the wee hours of Monday morning in New York.

It was their eighth come-from-behind win of the postseason, a stunning achievement even for a team as difficult to put away as the Royals.

Kansas City, stung by a near miss in last year's World Series when their rousing run as a Wild Card team fell short in a Game Seven against the San Francisco Giants, were on a mission to go one step further in 2015 and were not to be denied.

Their 7-2 victory at Citi Field in Game Five gave them the Major League Baseball title by 4-1 in the best-of-seven Fall Classic.

The Kansas City comeback crew rallied in the ninth of Game One, the eighth inning of Game Four and again in the ninth of the Series-clincher with a relentless determination and dogged exercise of fundamentals that ended a 30-year title drought.

"The way it ended last year, with everything that happened and such a magical run, you knew it couldn't end like that," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said during the team's celebration on the Citi Field diamond.

"The ending of that story had to be way better than losing Game Seven."   Continued...

Kansas City Royals players pose for a team photo after defeating the New York Mets in game five of the World Series at Citi Field in New York, November 1, 2015. The Royals won the World Series four games to one. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports