The Mets took a page out of the Royals' playbook by using small ball and timely hitting to win Game 3 of the World Series, 9-3, Friday at Citi Field.
Outside of David Wright and Curtis Granderson's two-run home runs, the Mets manufactured one run in the fourth inning and four in the sixth inning to break through against the Royals' pitching.
With runners on second and third and no one out in the fourth inning, Michael Conforto drove in Lucas Duda with an infield single to first, beating Eric Hosmer's dive when neither Yordano Ventura nor second baseman Ben Zobrist covered the bag.
In the sixth inning, Juan Lagares hit a pinch-hit single and scored on Juan Uribe's pinch-hit single that gave the Mets a 6-3 lead.
"Big contribution from him," Collins said of Uribe, who hadn't played since Sept. 25. "He's such a good guy to have on your club and be in the clubhouse. It's nice that he had a chance to contribute."
With runners on the corners, Granderson hit a comebacker to Franklin Morales, but Morales faked a throw to the plate, to third base and to second base before throwing the ball away, allowing Uribe to reach second and Granderson to reach first on the fielder's choice. The next batter, Wright, lined a two-run single to center to make it 8-3.