/On Baseball: Mets Match the Royals Until Crucial Mistakes Let Victory Slip Away

On Baseball: Mets Match the Royals Until Crucial Mistakes Let Victory Slip Away

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The Royals’ Alex Gordon after hitting the home run that tied the game in the ninth inning.

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Christopher Smith for The New York Times

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For nine innings of the sublime opener of the 111th World Series, the Mets played the Kansas City Royals’ game to near perfection. They put the ball in play. They stole a base at a critical moment. They made no errors. Their bullpen held down the opponent.

And then, with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jeurys Familia left a fastball up in the strike zone to Alex Gordon. The Mets blew a save. They started striking out, again and again and again, held scoreless for the last six innings by the Royals’ bullpen. They trudged off the Kauffman Stadium field with a loss.

The Mets still have never won Game 1 of the World Series, this time falling by 5-4 in 14 innings. Two of the Mets’ other four World Series have turned out victorious. But it never comes easily, not for this team and not…

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