DYK: Mets break out in Game 3 win over KC
Returning home to Citi Field, the Mets climbed back into the World Series with a convincing 9-3 win over the Royals on Friday night. After two disappointing losses, the Mets rode Noah Syndergaard's quality start and a 12-hit output to a Game 3 victory.
The Royals are two wins away from their first championship since 1985. The Mets need three more wins to capture their first Fall Classic since 1986. The two clubs will meet up again Saturday night at Citi Field (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX; 8 p.m. game time).
Here are some notable facts and figures from Game 3.
• The Mets' nine runs were the second most they have scored in a World Series game. The franchise record is 10, set in Game 2 of the 1973 World Series.
This was also the second-highest run total allowed by the Royals in the World Series, behind only the 11 they surrendered to the Giants in Game 4 of last year's World Series.
• Third baseman David Wright led the way for the Mets, going 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs. It was Wright's first World Series homer and his second postseason blast, with the first coming in Game 4 of the 2006 National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.
• Wright became the first Met with a four-RBI game in the World Series since Rusty Staub drove in five in Game 4 of the 1973 Series. In fact, Wright and Staub are the only two Mets to drive in four runs or more in a World Series game. Only three other Mets have put together a three-RBI World Series game -- Gary Carter twice, Keith Hernandez and Jay Payton.
• Coincidence or a sign? In 1986, the Mets lost Game 1 by one run and Game 2 by six runs, then won Game 3 by six runs. So far against the Royals, the Mets have lost Game 1 by one run and Game 2 by six runs, then won Game 3 by six runs.
• Curtis Granderson is the first player to homer out of the leadoff spot in multiple games within the same World Series since the Phillies' Lenny Dykstra in 1993.
The Mets have hit at least one homer in every home game during the postseason. That five-game streak is the longest in team history in a single postseason.
• Syndergaard induced 14 swinging strikes in six innings of work, including three within his first 12 pitches of the game. In Game 2, Kansas City swung and missed at only three of Jacob deGrom's 94 pitches.
• Syndergaard singled to lead off the third inning, becoming the eighth pitcher in Mets history to hit safely in a World Series game. He is also the first pitcher since Andy Pettitte (Game 3 in 2009) to record a hit and score a run in a World Series game. Syndergaard is the first NL pitcher to do so since Joe Blanton (Game 4 in 2008).
Syndergaard is the third pitcher in Mets history to record a hit and a run in a World Series game, joining Tug McGraw (1973) and Dwight Gooden ('86).
• Royals reliever Franklin Morales was charged with four runs on two hits while recording only one out. The last pitcher to give up four earned runs in less than an inning of work in the World Series? Morales, for the 2007 Rockies. He is the only pitcher to do so twice in his career.
• Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar singled in the second inning, giving him 40 career postseason hits, only five behind George Brett for the most in franchise history. Escobar has a 13-game postseason hitting streak, tied with Lorenzo Cain for the longest in Royals postseason history. Escobar's 21 hits in the 2015 postseason are also a single-postseason record for Kansas City.
• Royals rookie Raul Mondesi pinch-hit in the fifth inning (striking out), becoming the first player in Major League history to make his big league debut in the World Series. At 20 years and 95 days old, Mondesi became the youngest player in a World Series since Andruw Jones (19) in 1996, and the youngest American League player in a World Series since Claudell Washington (20) in 1974.