Royals Beat Mets in 12th Inning of Game 5 to Win the World Series


Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, center, celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring against the Mets in the ninth inning to tie the score, 2-2, Sunday night. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

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It will be the replay that is played over and over again all winter, the haunting image that will make each bitterly cold day all the more bitter in New York.

The man in the gray jersey dances off third base, then makes a mad dash for home. The unsuspecting man in the blue jersey clutches the ball, hurries his throw and misses his target badly.

With a good throw, the New York Mets win, and they remain alive in the World Series. With this throw, they are dead.

The Kansas City Royals won their first World Series championship since 1985, forcing extra innings with that daring play by Eric Hosmer and winning the game in the 12th inning.

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