Mets waste big night from rookies, pushed to brink in Series (The Associated Press)

If only the rest of the Mets were as reliable as their rookies Saturday night, New York might be all square in this World Series. Michael Conforto and Steven Matz did everything they could in Game 4, putting on a fresh-faced show that went to waste at Citi Field. New York squandered an eighth-inning lead and was pushed to the brink of elimination with a 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

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Baseball-Royals one win away from World Series crown (Reuters)

* Three-run eighth propels Royals to victory * Error by Murphy on slow roller opens floodgates * Kansas City can clinch crown on Sunday (Adds quotes, details) By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals moved within one win of their first World Series crown in 30 years by beating the New York Mets 5-3 on Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven for the Major League Baseball championship. An error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, their National League Championship Series hero, on a slow roller by Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning opened the floodgates for the Royals, who turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead.

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Royals rally on Murphy's error, beat Mets, lead Series 3-1 (The Associated Press)

A charmed October for Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals ended with one more comeback. Now, a win in November and they'll be World Series champions. Second baseman Daniel Murphy's error on Hosmer's grounder in the eighth inning keyed another rally by the tenacious Royals, and Kansas City startled the New York Mets 5-3 Saturday night to take 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.

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Five key moments from the Royals’ 5-3 victory in World Series Game 4 (Big League Stew)

The relentless Kansas City Royals have done it again. After not looking up to par in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday and falling behind early in Game 4, they put together a big late-inning rally to knock off the New York Mets 5-3  and move to within one victory of a World Series championship. Despite a terrific performance from New York's Michael Conforto, who connected for two solo home runs, the Royals were able to stay close and chip away in the middle innings. Then in the eighth, they broke through, scoring three times thanks to two walks and a crushing Daniel Murphy error. It's the same rally they've mounted at least once in each postseason round this season, and it's the consistent resilience they show that has them in full control of the series.  Now, we present a broader look at the five key moments in the game, beginning with Murphy's error. DANIEL MURPHY WHIFFS ON GROUNDER It's been said time and time again during the postseason. If you give the Royals an opening, they'll turn it into a big inning. It happened again in the eighth inning. After Mets set up man Tyler Clippard walked Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain with one out, Terry Collins turned to his closer Jeurys Familia for a five-out save. It didn't work, because second baseman Daniel Murphy, the man whose historic offensive surge in the postseason carried the Mets to the World Series, completely whiffed on Eric Hosmer's ground ball, allowing the tying run to score. It's a play Murphy has to make and usually does. He just got in a hurry and tried to do too much, too quickly. If he completes the play, Kansas City has second and third with two outs and no runs in, In completely changed the complexion of the inning and the game, will continue looming large if the Mets can't rally to win the series.  MIKE MOUSTAKAS PUTS KANSAS CITY AHEAD With the game now tied and the door still wide open, Mike Moustakas gave Kansas City its first lead of the evening with a ground ball single to right field. It wasn't smoked by any means. It was a roller than had eyes, as they say, finding its way past a diving Daniel Murphy. One can only imagine Murphy's helpless feeling at that point, knowing his error opened the door. Lorenzo Cain scored on the play, but the Royals weren't done yet. SALVADOR PEREZ REDEEMS HIMSELF It what looked like the key at-bat of the game prior to the eighth inning, Perez struck out against Bartolo Colon with the tying run on second base. Though the at-bat was a classic 10-pitch battle, it was still a lost opportunity. Perez made good though in the eighth, lining a single to right field to extend the Royals lead to 5-3. YOENIS CESPEDES KICKS THE BALL, OPENS THE DOOR About those slight openings. They Royals got another one in the fifth inning when Yoenis Cespedes couldn't handle Salvador Perez's sinking liner. The ball ended up ricocheting off Cespedes' leg, allowing Perez to reach second base. One batter later, Alex Gordon cashed him in with an RBI single. For the time being, it seemed like an innocent moment. Especially after Michael Conforto's second home run gave New York a 3-1 edge, but it loomed large as the relentless Royals started chipping away.  CESPEDES BASERUNNING GAFEE ENDS THE GAME It truly was a rough night for Murphy and Cespedes, the two guys who played the biggest offensive roles in getting New York to the World Series. Defensive mishaps aside, Cespedes committed perhaps the biggest gaffe of the game when he got doubled off on Lucas Duda's soft liner in the ninth inning. With Murphy on first base, Cespedes represented the tying run, but he either misread the ball or lost track of outs. He was out by several feet, and any chance the Mets had to tie or win the game was gone.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Baseball play-offs world series result (Reuters)

Nov 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the MLB Play-offs World Series match between NY Mets and Kansas City on Saturday (home team in CAPS) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R Kansas City 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 5 NY METS 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 (Kansas City lead the best-of-seven series by 3-1)

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Royals one win away from World Series crown (Reuters)

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals moved within one win of their first World Series crown in 30 years by beating the New York Mets 5-3 on Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven for the Major League Baseball championship. An error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, their National League Championship Series hero, on a slow roller by Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning opened the floodgates for the Royals, who turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead. The three-run burst against relievers Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia negated a pair of home runs hit by Mets' rookie Michael Conforto.

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Royals on cusp of championship after stealing Game 4 from Mets (Yahoo Sports)

The Royals took advantage of a critical error from Daniel Murphy to push the Mets to the brink of elimination.

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Royals survive Rios' gaffe, top Mets 5-3 for 3-1 Series lead (The Associated Press)

Alex Rios' math mistake didn't add up to a World Series loss for Kansas City. The Royals right fielder settled under Curtis Granderson's third-inning fly ball to short right field, seemingly ready for the throw home to keep New York's Wilmer Flores from scoring. Then Rios took a casual step toward the dugout, thinking he had caught the third out, not the second.

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Baseball-Royals within one win of World Series title (Reuters)

By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals moved within one win of their first World Series crown in 30 years by beating the New York Mets 5-3 on Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven for the Major League Baseball championship. An error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, their National League championship series hero, on a slow roller by Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning opened the floodgates for the Royals, who turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead. ...

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Mets rookie Michael Conforto homers twice in Game 4, joins elite company (Big League Stew)

NEW YORK —Michael Conforto's first World Series took a thrilling turn Saturday night in Game 4. The rookie New York Mets outfielder, who had two hits so far the entire postseason, doubled that number and made sure he won't go down as a disappointment. Conforto homered twice — once in the third inning and once in the fifth — making him the first rookie to hit two homers in a World Series game in 19 years. [ Related:  Mets, Royals tensions remain high, but Game 4 starts without any issues ] The third-inning homer (above) was a titanic, no-doubter into the right field upper deck. The second one (below) wasn't as huge of a blast, but it still cleared the right-field wall. That counts too. At the time, it put the Mets up 3-1. Two homers in a World Series game is a nice accomplishment, and thus, we have some facts for you about Conforto's feat (you can join us in calling him Confor-dos, if you like):  • He's the first player to hit multiple homers in the same World Series game since Pablo Sandoval in 2012. • He's the first rookie to do it since Andruw Jones in 1996.  • He's the first Met to homer twice in a World Series game since Gary Carter in 1986. The last one is the best one, since there are already some fun concidences between this Mets team and the 1986 team that won the title. Both lost the Game 1 by one run, lost Game 2 by six and won Game 3 by six. Ready for this? Carter's two homers also came in Game 4 of that World Series. This has been your spooky baseball fact for Halloween night.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: The StewPod: A baseball podcast by Yahoo Sports Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed - - - - - - - Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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