The New York Mets double their home run pleasure in the first three innings of the contest.
Following the first brushback pitch, Syndergaard gets Escobar to strike out swinging. Ben Zobrist hits a double and an infield single by Lorenzo Cain puts runners on the corners with one out. Eric Hosmer grounds into a potential double-play but confusion on who should cover the relay throw to first allows Hosmer to reach safely and Zobrist to score putting the Royals up 1-0.
David Wright brings the Citi Field crowd to its feet following a leadoff single from Curtis Granderson with a blast to left-center fields and the Mets are now up 2-1 after just one inning. The Kansas City Royals play their scrappy kind of baseball and singles by Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon, and Alex Rios to start the second lead to a run (Gordon is thrown out trying to advance to third).
Ventura then bunts Rios to third base and that turns out to be big as a passed ball by Travis d’Arnaud leads to another run and Kansas City is back on top 3-2. Escobar is now batting with the bases clean and exacts some revenge by singling and then stealing second base but he is left stranded there when Zobrist flies out to center field.
“Ace” is able to get the Mets 1-2-3 in their half of the second and “Thor” returns the favor as the Royals bat in the top of the third. New York repeats their success of the first inning thanks to a leadoff single by Syndergaard and a home run from Granderson to put the home team back in front 4-3. After just three innings of baseball seven runs have already crossed home plate.