KANSAS CITY — Game 1 of the World Series started Tuesday and finished up Wednesday as Eric Hosmer’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the 14th inning gave the Kansas City Royals a 5-4 win over the New York Mets.
The game tied Game 3 of the 2005 World Series and Game 2 of the 1916 World Series as the longest World Series game in history.
The game lasted five hours and nine minutes.
With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to score Alcides Escobar.
Escobar reach on error, Ben Zobrist singled to right and Lorenzo Cain was intentionally walked by Barlolo Colon before Hosmer ended it.
“It was kind of redeeming there for him to come up and hit the game-winning sacrifice fly for us right there,” said Royals Manager Ned Yost. “It was nice.”
With one out in the bottom of the ninth and the Royals down 4-3, Alex Gordon delivered with a solo shot to straightaway center field off Jeurys Familia to tie the game at 4-4.
“He left the ball right there to hit,” Gordon said. “With a guy like that you can’t miss pitches that he gives you to hit.”
An error by Eric Hosmer at first base in the eighth inning allowed the New York Mets to take a 4-3 lead.
Wilmer Flores reached base after his grounder bounced just over Hosmer’s glove, allowing Juan Lagares to score from second.
Lagares got on base with a single with two outs and stole second base.
Wade Davis got extra innings started by striking out Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud in order.
New York’s Jonathon Niese nearly matched that, striking out Cain and Eric Hosmer after getting Zobrist to pop out to first in foul territory.
Ryan Madson came in to pitch the 11th for the Royals.
Juan Lagares started the 11th with a bunt single and got to second on Wilmer Flores’ sacrifice.
Madson struck out Michael Cuddyer for the second out and Curtis Granderson walked. David Wright struck out to send it to the bottom of the 11th with the score still tied at 4-4.
With two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Salvador Perez reached base when his grounder bounced off the third-base bag and up into the air.
Gordon struck out to send the game to the 12th.
To start the bottom of the 12th, Paulo Orlando reached by beating out the throw to first on a grounder.
Escobar’s sacrifice bunt got Orlando to second. Bartolo Colon then intentionally walked Zobrist and Cain got the runners to second and third on a groundout.
Colon intentionally walked Hosmer to load the bases, but Jarrod Dyson flied out to center field.
The game couldn’t have started any better for the Royals, getting a 1-2-3 inning from Edinson Volquez and an inside-the-park home run from Escobar to lead off the bottom of the first inning.
It was the first inside-the-park homer in a World Series since Game 4 of the 1929 Series when George Haas did it for the Philadelphia Athletics.
The last time a World Series game was led off by an inside-the-park homer was in Game 2 of the 1903 World Series, when Boston’s Patsy Dougherty did it.
Despite the historic start for KC, the Mets had a 3-1 lead by the end of the fifth inning.
Kansas City quickly rallied in the sixth, getting a lead-off double from Zobrist and a single from Cain.
Hosmer then put his name ahead of George Brett for most postseason RBIs in franchise history with a sacrifice fly, giving him 24 postseason RBIs and getting KC within 3-2.
After Cain stole second base and Kendrys Morales grounded out to the pitcher, Mike Moustakas singled to drive in Cain and tie the game at 3-3.
Matt Harvey’s night was done after six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked two.
The Royals found themselves down 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth and had a chance to tie the game with runners on the corners with two outs, but Moustakas grounded out to the shortstop to keep it 4-3 Mets.
Zobrist led off the bottom of the eight with a double that bounced just fair in deep right field. Zobrist made it to third three batters later on a wild pitch and Morales walked.
Familia relieved Tyler Clippard and got Moustakas to ground out to end the threat.
Volquez was able to retire the first eight batters he faced before hitting Kelly Johnson in the third inning.
Granderson then walked but Volquez struck out David Wright to end the half inning.
The Mets eventually got something going against Volquez in the fourth, getting three singles in the first four batters.
With runners on the corners and one out, d’Arnaud’s grounder bounced into foul territory after hitting off Moustakas’ glove. The infield single drove in Daniel Murphy, tying the game at 1-1.
Granderson gave New York the lead in the fifth, hitting a solo shot just over the right-field wall.
Conforto added to the lead with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Duda to make it 3-1 Mets.
Volquez ended up going six innings, allowing three runs off six hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Danny Duffy faced two batters in the seventh, striking out Cuddyer and getting Granderson to fly out.
Kelvin Herrera was able to finish off the inning, getting Cespedes to fly out after allowing back-to-back singles.
Herrera ended up allowing one run on three hits.
Game 2 will be at 7:07 p.m. today in Kansas City.
The Royals will have Johnny Cueto making the start against Jacob deGrom.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.