MLB Royals draw first blood in World Series opener

Eric Hosmer's sacrifice fly saw the Kansas City Royals draw first blood against the New York Mets in Tuesday's World Series opener.

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Eric Hosmer's sacrifice fly saw the Kansas City Royals draw first blood against the New York Mets in Tuesday's World Series opener.

With bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the 14th inning, Hosmer stepped up and delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly as Alcides Escobar finally came across home plate to score after nearly five-and-a-half hours in Kansas City.

It was the longest game one in World Series history, while matching the mark for the longest World Series game set in terms of innings by the Boston Red Sox (1916) and the Chicago White Sox (2005).

After setting an MLB record last series for getting a lead-off hit in four straight games, Royals shortstop Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run off the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning.

To put it in sperspective, the Mets never trailed in their National League (NL) Championship Series series-sweep over the Cubs, but trailed after one pitch Tuesday.

The Mets hit back and led 3-1 and 4-3 but the Royals fought back on both occasions as they struck first in the World Series.

After punting a routine ground ball in the eighth inning, Hosmer got back in Kansas City fans' good graces when he hit a long fly ball with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 14th inning, scoring Escobar and finally ending the marathon game.

Hosmer did a lot of good things Tuesday. He recorded his 24th and 25th RBIs, passing George Brett atop the franchise list in the postseason.

He also recovered nicely from the missed play at first to make some nice defensive stops. His ability to contribute both offensively and defensively makes him one of the most important players in the series.

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