/Sports of The Times: Could Have, Should Have, Didn’t: An Epitaph for Game 1

Sports of The Times: Could Have, Should Have, Didn’t: An Epitaph for Game 1

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Jeurys Familia allowed a ninth-inning, game-tying home run to Alex Gordon that sent the game into extra innings.

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Richard Perry/The New York Times

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mets Manager Terry Collins sat for a postgame interview in a pillbox room in Kauffman Stadium, red-faced, his jawline tight and with a hint of a twitch. He spoke of an emotion that had become a stranger these past three weeks: disappointment.

“Well, we’re frustrated,” he told reporters. “We had a few shots. We got the lead and we lost it, we came back and got the lead again.”

Then the Mets lost their grip again, surrendering a bone-crusher of a ninth-inning home run.

The Mets and the Kansas City Royals, as indefatigable a team as exists in the American League, played a long evening’s journey into night on Tuesday — and then Wednesday — five hours and 14 innings worth. For the first time in several magical weeks, the Mets lost a game that they held within their grasp….

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