This was a game Wright and the Mets desperately needed, to keep the back-to-back American League champions from taking a three games-to-none stranglehold on the series. Instead, after their 12-hit outburst, the Mets enter Game 4 with a chance to even the Fall Classic. They will send to the mound on Saturday night the talented but inexperienced Steven Matz, a lifelong Mets fan who will commute from his parents’ house on Long Island. The Royals will counter with journeyman Chris Young, an ex-Met.
The latter extended the Mets’ lead to five runs, all but putting the game out of reach. The home run was the second of Wright’s postseason career, his first in eight years.