NEW YORK -- David Wright and Curtis Granderson homered, rookie Noah Syndergaard pitched six effective innings and the New York Mets roughed up the Kansas City Royals 9-3 Friday night, cutting their World Series deficit to 2-1.
Shut down in Kansas City, the Mets came out swinging in the first Series game at Citi Field. Wright launched a two-run homer in the first inning and finished with four RBI as New York broke loose for 12 hits.
Syndergaard struggled early, but the Mets took the lead after a back-and-forth start, chased Ventura and pulled away.
"We were picking him up. We were hitting him the first couple of innings there. His offense just answered and gave him a little momentum late in the game there, got him a lead and then some insurance runs. I think his offense did a good job of picking him up and he used that to finish through his outing," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said.
KC Manager Ned Yost said Ventura didn't have his best stuff on Friday night.
"He just wasn't sharp today; fastball velocity was down, made a mistake in the first inning with Wright on a fastball up, a backup slider to Granderson. Just one of those days where just wasn't sharp."
Syndergaard set a serious tone with the first pitch, firing a 97 mph fastball to the backstop that sent Alcides Escobar to the dirt and got the crowd buzzing.
"First words I said to Travis (d'Arnaud) when I walked in the clubhouse today, 'how do you feel about high and tight for the first pitch?' Feel like it really made a statement to start the game off knowing that the guys can't dig in and get too aggressive," he said.
The pitch also caught the attention of the Royals bench. Third baseman Mike Moustakas was seen on the FOX broadcast yelling at Syndergaard, and Escobar told reporters after the game he didn't care for the pitch selection.
"I didn't like it all. He even said he had a plan. I feel like if that's the plan, it's a stupid plan," the shortstop said.
Syndergaard insisted after the game that his intent wasn't malicious.
"Certainly wasn't trying to hit the guy, I just didn't want him getting too comfortable. If they have a problem with me throwing inside, they can meet me 60 feet, 6 inches away," Syndergaard said.
The Mets will try to even things in Game 4 on Halloween night, when hometown rookie Steven Matz starts against Chris Young, who won the opener in relief.
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain says the Royals remain confident and are focused on Game 4.
"We gotta find a way to get it done tomorrow, they're just as much in it and would've been even if we went up 3-0 tonight. The series isn't over 'till it's over," Cain said.