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Wright And The Rookie Lead Mets: World Series Game 3 In Numbers And Images

Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets pitched Friday night against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the World Series in the Queens borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images hide caption

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Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets pitched Friday night against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the World Series in the Queens borough of New York City.

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9-3

Final score in the New York Mets' win over the Kansas City Royals, cutting the Royals' series lead to 2-1.

David Wright of the New York Mets hits a two-run home run Friday night in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals. Mike Stobe/Getty Images hide caption

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David Wright of the New York Mets hits a two-run home run Friday night in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals.

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Runs batted in by longtime Met David Wright, who missed a month of the season with a painful spinal condition. His contribution included his second career playoff home run — almost a decade after the first, which came in the 2006 National League Championship Series.

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Runs scored by the Royals lineup in their third at-bats against rookie Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Batters normally get better as they see more of a pitcher during a game, noted Grantland (RIP) before Friday's game.

Through the first two games, Royals hitters have made 14 plate appearances in which they were facing a Mets pitcher (in this case, Harvey or deGrom) the third time through the order. In those 14 PA, they've produced six singles, a double, and a sacrifice fly, scoring six of the team's 12 runs in the series.

Friday night during Game 3, Syndergaard struck out three of the first four batters on their third trips to the plate. He then gave up a single and walked two before getting out of the jam to end the sixth inning.

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Swinging strikes thrown by Syndergaard, compared to a combined 19 thrown by the other five starting pitchers in the World Series' three games, according to ESPN.

Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets celebrates with Noah Syndergaard and David Wright after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against Kansas City. The hit put pitcher Syndergaard across home plate after he hit a single in his first World Series at-bat. Mike Stobe/Getty Images hide caption

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Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets celebrates with Noah Syndergaard and David Wright after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against Kansas City. The hit put pitcher Syndergaard across home plate after he hit a single in his first World Series at-bat.

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.500

Career World Series batting average for Syndergaard, who hit a single in his first-ever at-bat and then scored a run.

Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals is pulled out of the game in the fourth inning Friday night against during Game Three of the World Series. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

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Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals is pulled out of the game in the fourth inning Friday night against during Game Three of the World Series.

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93.3

Average miles per hour of Yordano Ventura's fastballs in Game 3, the slowest of his three-year career in the majors, according to scouting and information service Inside Edge. Ventura allowed three of the four leadoff hitters he faced to get on base, and gave up five runs in three and one-third innings.

Franklin Morales trudges into the Royals dugout after being pulled out of the third game of the World Series. In perhaps the worst play of the game, Morales got a batter to hit a weak ground ball to him that could have provided an inning-ending double play, but he was so indecisive about where to throw it that he didn't get anyone out, and left the bases loaded. Mike Stobe/Getty Images hide caption

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Franklin Morales trudges into the Royals dugout after being pulled out of the third game of the World Series. In perhaps the worst play of the game, Morales got a batter to hit a weak ground ball to him that could have provided an inning-ending double play, but he was so indecisive about where to throw it that he didn't get anyone out, and left the bases loaded.

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1, 4

Combined runs allowed by the Royals bullpen in Games 1 and 2 vs. the runs allowed by the bullpen — relief pitcher Franklin Morales specifically — in Game 3.

Raul Mondesi of the Royals bats in the fifth inning. Mike Stobe/Getty Images hide caption

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Raul Mondesi of the Royals bats in the fifth inning.

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Age of the Royals' Raul Mondesi, the first player to make his major league debut in the World Series. The son of a former pro, he hadn't had an at-bat above the double-A level before striking out in the fifth inning. He shouldn't feel too bad, though: In 13 seasons, his dad struck out seven times in the playoffs — and never had the chance to bat in a World Series.

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The time (ET) that Game 4 starts Saturday night, broadcast on Fox.