The Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series, defeating the New York Mets, four games to one.
To get to the Fall Classic, the Royals first took their first division title since 1985 — when they won their first World Series — then squeaked by the Houston Astros, three games to two in the American League Division Series. Then it was on to the ALCS, where they dispatched the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.
Meanwhile, the Mets won the National League East title before winning a five-game division series over the Los Angeles Dodgers and sweeping the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.
Game 1 of the World Series was an epic 14-inning battle that the Royals won on a walk-off sacrifice fly from Eric Hosmer, with Alcides Escobar scoring the winning run.
Game 2 was all Royals, as they cruised to a 7-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium.
The Mets repaid the favor in Game 3 at Citi Field, winning 9-3.
Game 4 went to the Royals, 5-3.
Then, facing elimination at home in Game 5, the Mets scored in the bottom of the first and again in the sixth while holding the Royals scoreless through eight.
In the top of the ninth, though, Kansas City rallied to tie the score. When the Mets came up empty in the bottom of the ninth, the game moved to extra innings.
Each team got a runner on in the 11th, but otherwise the bats went quiet until the top of the 12th, when the Royals erupted for five runs.
Michael Conforto singled with one out in the bottom of the frame and advanced to second on defensive interference, but Wade Davis threw strike three past Wilmer Flores to end the game and the Series.
The championship came 30 years after Royals’ first — and only other — title.