Fall Classic opener longest Game 1 in WS history
KANSAS CITY -- The Mets and Royals played the longest Game 1 in World Series history on Tuesday night, and they didn't stop there in Kansas City's 5-4, 14-inning win that took five hours and nine minutes.
When the 14th inning began, it matched the mark for the longest World Series game, in terms of innings, but not time of game. Babe Ruth pitched all 14 innings for the Red Sox in a 2-1 win over Brooklyn in Game 2 in 1916, and the White Sox outlasted the Astros in 14 innings of Game 3 in 2005.
Of the six previous extra-inning Game 1s, three went 12 innings, most recently in 2000, when the Mets fell to the Yankees, 4-3. Mets closer Armando Benitez suffered a blown save in the ninth inning of that game before the Yankees won on Jose Vizcaino's walk-off single in the 12th.
The Royals nearly prevented Tuesday's game from getting past the 12th inning. They had the potential winning run at second base with one out, then at third base with two outs for Jarrod Dyson, who hit a routine flyout to left field. With that out, the teams pushed into historic territory.
At stake was something neither team could claim in its history: A World Series Game 1 win. The Mets had lost each of their previous four Series openers, and the Royals their previous three, including last year against the Giants.