By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals moved within one win of their first World Series crown in 30 years by beating the New York Mets 5-3 on Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven for the Major League Baseball championship.
An error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, their National League championship series hero, on a slow roller by Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning opened the floodgates for the Royals, who turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead.
The three-run burst against relievers Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia negated a pair of home runs hit by Mets' rookie Michael Conforto.
Kansas City closer Wade Davis came on in the eighth to register a six-out save, with reliever Ryan Madson claiming the win.
The Royals will seek to end the series with a Game Five win in New York on Sunday. A Mets win would send the series back to Kansas City for Game Six on Tuesday.
(Editing by Andrew Both)