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