It was nearly the perfect backdrop for a Mets win. A win that would have extended the World Series and sent it back to Kansas City.

Matt Harvey was brilliant, spinning eight shutout innings, but it wasn't to be. At the end of the night, after 12 innings, the Kansas City Royals were the new Champions of Baseball.

The 7-2 win gave Kansas City its first title since 1985.

The Mets runs are just semantics: Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the first with a home run and Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly later in the game to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Harvey was dominant through eight innings. He had allowed no runs and had nine strikeouts. He was over 100 pitches.

The Mets told him he was done. He wouldn't pitch the ninth. For all the talk about innings limits and questions about his commitment, Harvey convinced them to let him go back out there for the ninth.

Lorenzo Cain worked a leadoff walk and stole second. Eric Hosmer doubled him in to make it 2-1.

Terry Collins went to Jeurys Familia. A groundout moved Hosmer to third. And then THE PLAY happened.

Salvador Perez hits a weak groundball. David Wright fields it. He looks back Hosmer like you're supposed to. And then Hosmer makes a run for home. A good throw by Lucas Duda probably gets him and wins the Mets the game.

But it was a bad throw. The Royals send the game to extra innings and eventually win it in 12 after scoring five runs.


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