NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, October 31, 2015, 11:41 PM
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy dives but can’t grab the go-ahead hit by Mike Moustakas during the eighth inning, after the Royals tied the game on his fielding error.
Daniel Murphy’s bat carried the Mets to the World Series, but his glove, along with the Mets’ notoriously shaky bullpen, may have taken them out of it Saturday night.
Tyler Clippard walked two and Murphy just flat out missed a groundball out in eighth inning, costing the Mets in a 5-3 loss to the Royals in Game 4 of the World Series.
Down 3-1 in the best-of-seven-game series, the Mets are on the brink of elimination. The last team to battle back from a 3-1 deficit to win a World Series was the 1985 Royals.
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With rookie lefthander Steven Matz only going five innings, Terry Collins burned through his bullpen quickly. He got three outs from Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon in the sixth and a clean inning from Addison Reed.
A fielding error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy in the eighth inning allows the Royals to tie the game.
But Clippard, the struggling set-up man, could only record one out in the eighth before he issued back-to-back walks to Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain. The Mets manager quickly went to Jeurys Familia for five outs and the closer coaxed a routine ground-ball out from Eric Hosmer to second, but Murphy missed the ball as he charged it, allowing the tying run to score from second.
Mike Moustakas’ ground ball then got past a diving Murphy to give the Royals their first lead of the game.
Salvador Perez lined a single off Familia, who gave up a home run in Game 1 to blow the save, to give the Royals their two-run lead.
Long Island native Steven Matz gets the Game 4 start for the Mets.
Murphy’s bat is the reason the Mets are in the World Series. He went on a historic tear through the end of the NLDS and NLCS, hitting home runs in six straight games. He had seven home runs total in the first two rounds of the playoffs, in which he hit .421.
With a one-out single in the ninth, Murphy went 1-for-4 and is 3-for-17 in the World Series.
Murphy is not the only one with a cooled off bat in the World Series. The Mets had six hits Saturday night and rookie outfielder Michael Conforto had two of them.
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Michael Conforto watches his second home run sail out.
He became the first Met to hit two home runs in a World Series game since Gary Carter did it in Game 4 of the 1986 World Series. He is the youngest Mets player (22 years and 244 days) to homer in a World Series game, eclipsing Lenny Dykstra, who was 23 years old and 358 days when he homered in Game 3 of the 1986 World Series.
Conforto is the first rookie to hit two homers in a World Series game since Andruw Jones in 1996 for the Braves at the Yankees.
Conforto, who also had a homer off Zack Greinke in his very first postseason at-bat, blasted a 391-foot, lead off homer in the third off Royals’ right-handed starter Chris Young. The ball went deep into the Pepsi Porch.
Ben Zobrist scores on Daniel Murphy’s error.
Curtis Granderson added another third-inning run, scoring Wilmer Flores on a sacrifice fly on which Royals right fielder Alex Rios seemed to forget there was only one out and lobbed the ball into the infield.
Conforto’s second homer led off the fifth, a 385-foot shot to the right of the Mets bullpen off Royals left-handed reliever Danny Duffy. It was Conforto’s first ever major-league home run off of a left-handed pitcher.
That gave the Mets a 3-1 lead.
Matz gave up a double to Perez and then an RBI-single to Alex Gordon in the top of the fifth. He got out of that inning, but could not get out of the sixth. Zobrist led off the inning with a double and scored on Lorenzo Cain’s single. That is all Collins would allow from the untested rookie.
He went to Niese to get out lefties Hosmer and Moustakas and then Colon, who struck out Perez after a 10-pitch battle.
Matz, whose regular season was inconsistent because of injuries, allowed two runs on seven hits. He struck out five and did not issue a walk in five innings plus two batters.
BY Bill Price
October 31, 7:36PM
In between trick or treating, driving to Citi field and laughing at the whiny Royals, I didn’t have time for a full blog. So this is it Enjoy the game. LIVE BLOG: FOLLOW THE METS-ROYALS WORLD SERIES HERE