It took 14 innings and over five hours to play, but the Royals outlasted the Mets to win Game 1 of the World Series 5-4.
The Mets handed closer Jeurys Familia a 4-3 lead headed to the bottom of the ninth inning, but with one-out left fielder Alex Gordon launched a solo shot over the center field wall to tie the contest.
Neither bullpen surrendered a run until Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to score Alcidies Escobar for the winning run in the 14th.
Hosmer committed a critical error in the top of the eighth inning when Wilmer Flores slashed a one-hopper past his outstretched glove to plate Juan Lagares with the go-ahead run.
The Mets bullpen tossed 7 1/3 innings allowing six hits, one earned run and mowing down five batters.
Meanwhile the Royals relievers hurled eight scoreless innings surrendering five hits, while striking out 12.
Mets ace Matt Harvey pitched well despite allowing an inside the park homerun on the first pitch of the game. Center fielder Yoenis Cespedes misjudged the leadoff shot by Escobar and the ball deflected off his foot into the left field corner and Kansas City's speedster rounded the bases.
Harvey settled in and didn't yield a run until Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Lorenzo Cane followed by a RBI single to Mike Moustakas to even score at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth.
Royals starter Edinson Volquez was reportedly informed before the game that his father had passed away back in the Dominican Republic due to heart disease. On an emotional night for Kansas City's top pitcher, Volquez threw six innings surrendering six hits, three runs, while striking out three.
The Mets dropped a marathon affair at Kauffman Stadium and fell behind 0-1 in the Fall Classic.
Game 2 is set to get underway on Wednesday night as Jacob deGrom opposes Johnny Cueto.