In a stunning 12th-inning win, the Kansas City Royals won the World Series early Monday morning, defeating the New York Mets 7-2. The Royals beat the Mets in five games, bringing the team sweet satisfaction for having lost to the San Francisco Giants the year before. This is the Royals' first World Series win since 1985.
The Royals were trailing in the ninth, when first baseman Eric Hosmer forced the game into extra innings by securing the tying run after a wild throw home by Mets first baseman Lucas Duda. Tied at two a piece, the Royals and Mets were at a stalemate until the 12th inning, when catcher Salvador Perez hit a single, pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole second, and left fielder Alex Gordon grounded out, allowing Dyson to advance to third. Finally, it was pinch-hitter Christian Colon's single to left that allowed Dyson to score the winning run. The Royals would then go onto to score another four runs.
The Mets would close out the 12th without scoring another run, and their fans will have to wait until April to start another long journey to the World Series.
Game 5 of the World Series is the Royals' eighth come-from-behind win this postseason. In their series against the Mets alone, the Royals trailed in the eighth inning in four games. In three of those games, they trailed in the ninth.
Needless to say, Royals fans at home went nuts.
Kansas City will host its victory parade at noon on Tuesday with a 2.3-mile trek that begins at the Sprint Center and ends in front of Union Station.