Royals win World Series, rally late, then rout Mets in 12th

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NEW YORK CITY -- The Kansas City Royals won their first World Series crown since 1985, rallying in the ninth inning when Eric Hosmer scrambled home to tie it and then breaking away in the 12th to beat the New York Mets 7-2 in Game 5 Sunday night.

The daring Royals capped their postseason full of comebacks with a dash for the ages, and made up for last year's near-miss in a Game 7 loss to San Francisco.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals scores a run off of a grounded out hit by Salvador Perez #13 to tie the game in the ninth inning against Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals scores a run off of a grounded out hit by Salvador Perez #13 to tie the game in the ninth inning against Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hosmer's alert sprint home from third base on a grounder finished off a two-run burst in the ninth against Matt Harvey and closer Jeurys Familia.

“When we entered the ninth inning I thought okay we’re going to find a way to do something right here and boy if we didn’t,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. "If we can tie the game late, we feel like we’re going to win the game late because our bullpen is so dominate."

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Christian Colon #24 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the 12th inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Christian Colon #24 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the 12th inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Then in the 12th, pinch-hitter Christian Colon delivered a tiebreaking single in his first appearance of this postseason. Lorenzo Cain added a three-run double.

"I just knew that I had to get it done for the guys and everybody," Colon said. "Just get Dyson home. That was my number one goal obviously."

Royals starter Edinson Volquez threw two-hit ball for six innings. He pitched a day after returning from his father's funeral in the Dominican Republic.

“The cool thing about this team is everything they set out to accomplish, they did," Yost said. "It’s just a special, special group that doesn’t come around very often."

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals looks on from the dugout in the seventh inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals looks on from the dugout in the seventh inning against the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

"From the first day of Spring Training, we knew we were going to get back to this point and we were going to win the World Series," Yost said. "That’s a special feeling to have. When you’ve got a group of guys that you don’t have to prod and you don’t have to encourage that’s really, really a neat feeling."

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Wade Davis #17 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates defeating the New York Mets to win Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets with a score of 7 to 2 to win the World Series. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Wade Davis #17 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates defeating the New York Mets to win Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets with a score of 7 to 2 to win the World Series. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

“After I threw the pitch I kind of froze up and had no clue what to do,” Wade Davis said. “I didn’t know how to celebrate. I was just locked up that it actually happened.”

During the postgame celebration, Royals catch Salvador Perez was name the MVP.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals poses with his award for MVP after Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals poses with his award for MVP after Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

During the Royals comeback, fans took to social media to express how excited they felt.