KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon hit a tying home run with one out in the ninth inning, Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly against Bartolo Colon in the 14th and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Tuesday night in the longest opener in World Series history.
Making his Series debut at age 42, Colon escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 12th, then got out of trouble again after allowing a leadoff hit in the 13th.
Alcides Escobar, who hit an inside-the-park home run on Matt Harvey's first pitch of the night, reached leading off the 14th on an error by third baseman David Wright, who bobbled his grounder and then made a wide throw that pulled Lucas Duda off first base.
Ben Zobrist singled him to third and Lorenzo Cain was intentionally walked, loading the bases. Hosmer flied to right, and Escobar scored standing up ahead of Curtis Granderson's throw.
"Just trying to put the ball in play, trying to get that run in," Hosmer told MLB about his walk-off sac fly. "The bullpen, the way they shut it down for us right there, as an offense we had to do something."
"Obviously, I wanted to redeem myself for what happened earlier," Hosmer adds. "That's the beauty of this game, you always get a chance to redeem yourself. I just can't thank my teammates enough, [Alex Gordon] and everybody picking me up right there and giving me another opportunity."
Royals pitcher Chris Young helped the Royals close out Game 1 by pitching three shutout innings.
"I was just ready, whatever the team needs," Young told MLB. "That's been my role all season, whether it's starting or relieving, just trying to help this team win."