DYK: KC's late heroics continue in Game 4 win
Down a run entering the eighth inning, the Royals rode a three-run rally and a six-out save from Wade Davis to a 5-3 win over the Mets in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night at Citi Field.
The Royals are now one win away from their first World Series championship since 1985, with a chance to clinch in Game 5 on Sunday night at Citi Field (8 p.m. ET game time on FOX). Meanwhile, the Mets can find hope in the '85 Royals, the last club to overcome a 3-1 deficit and eventually win the World Series.
Here are some notable facts and figures from Game 4.
• The Royals have now won six games this postseason after trailing by multiple runs, a Major League record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Mets held a two-run lead after three innings and regained a two-run advantage in the fifth.
• The Royals' late heroics were nothing new, but they are nonetheless historic. Kansas City has scored 44 runs in the seventh inning or later during the postseason, shattering the 2002 Angels' previous record of 36.
• The Royals have scored 33 runs in the eighth inning or later during the playoffs. The second-highest total this postseason? The Cardinals and Rangers, each with five. The Mets have scored only three.
• Davis converted his second six-out save of the postseason, with the first coming in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Previously, Kansas City only had two postseason saves of at least six outs in franchise history: Dan Quisenberry (Game 4 of the 1980 World Series) and Steve Mingori (Game 4 of the 1976 AL Championship Series).
Davis has never recorded a six-out save in the regular season.
• Only two players have recorded a save of two innings or more in the World Series since 2000: Mariano Rivera and Madison Bumgarner. Rivera did so four times, mostly recently in 2009, while Bumgarner locked down a five-inning save in Game 7 of last year's World Series against the Royals.
• Mets closer Jeurys Familia, meanwhile, suffered his second blown save of the Series. He is the first pitcher with two blown saves in the same World Series since Ryan Madson in 2008 -- the same Madson who earned the win with a scoreless seventh inning Saturday night.
• With one out in the ninth, Lucas Duda lined into a game-ending double play. Mike Moustakas snagged Duda's soft liner and threw to Eric Hosmer at first base, catching Yoenis Cespedes off the bag. It was the first World Series game-ending double play that occurred on anything but a ground ball since Game 5 in 1972.
• In the middle of his two-inning save, Davis stepped to the plate for his first at-bat since Aug. 2, 2013, which also came against the Mets, and his first in the postseason. He is now 2-for-9 with five strikeouts in his career as a hitter.
• Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar has hit safely in each of his past 14 postseason games dating back to ALDS Game 2. That streak surpasses Lorenzo Cain's 13-game hitting streak for the longest in Royals postseason history.
Escobar's 14-game hitting streak is tied for the longest in a single postseason overall, matching Manny Ramirez (2004) and Marquis Grissom (1995). Ramirez (2003-04), Derek Jeter (1998-99) and Hank Bauer (1956-58) hold the overall record with hits in 17 straight postseason games.
• Before the Royals' comeback, rookie slugger Michael Conforto put the Mets on top with a pair of home runs. It was his first multi-homer game as a professional baseball player. The last multiple-homer game in the World Series was Pablo Sandoval's three-homer outing in Game 1 of the 2012 Series.
• Conforto is just the second Mets player to hit two home runs in one World Series game. The other was Gary Carter, in Game 4 of the 1986 Series. Conforto is the sixth Mets player to record two home runs in a postseason game, joining Rusty Staub, Carter, Edgardo Alfonzo, Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran.
• At 22 years and 244 days old, Conforto became the third-youngest player in World Series history to put together a two-homer game. He is the youngest to do so since Andruw Jones (19 years, 180 days) went deep twice in Game 1 in 1996.
• In the fifth inning, Conforto hit a solo homer off Royals lefty Danny Duffy. It was Conforto's first Major League home run off a left-handed pitcher. The last lefty hitter to homer off Duffy was Jim Thome in 2011.
• Ben Zobrist doubled and scored in the sixth inning, bringing Kansas City within a run. It was Zobrist's eighth double in the playoffs, tied for the most in a single postseason with Albert Pujols and David Freese.
• This is the first time in Royals history they have held a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven postseason series. This is the third time the Mets have trailed 3-1 in such a series; they also trailed 3-1 in the 1999 National League Championship Series (lost in six games) and 2000 World Series (lost in five).
• This is the 46th 3-1 lead in World Series history. Clubs with a 3-1 lead have won 39 of the previous 45 Series (87 percent), and they have won Game 5 on 25 occasions.