Royals come out swinging in Game 3

Royals come out swinging in Game 3

NEW YORK -- The first two innings of Game 3 of the World Series included Yordano Ventura giving up a home run to a struggling David Wright, struggles from a normally lights-out Mets starter Noah Syndergaard and five runs.

By the end, the Royals held a one-run lead, but it didn't last, and the Series is now 2-1 in Kansas City's favor following Friday's 9-3 loss.

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In the first inning, Ben Zobrist ripped a one-out double to deep center field, moved to third on an infield single by Lorenzo Cain and scored on a fielder's-choice groundout by Eric Hosmer to give his team an early lead.

After Wright connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first -- only his eighth hit in 42 postseason at-bats -- the Royals came right back with three consecutive hits off Syndergaard in the top of the second.

Salvador Perez reached on an infield single, Alex Gordon followed with a single to right and Alex Rios followed with an RBI single to left. Gordon was thrown out at third on the play -- a call overturned via replay -- but Rios moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ventura and then scored on a passed ball by Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, giving the Royals the one-run lead.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.