World Series: New York Mets take game three to trail the Royals 2-1

Noah Syndergaard
Syndergaard, nicknamed Thor, is in his debut MLS season

The Kansas City Royals were angered by aggressive tactics from the New York Mets as they lost game three of the World Series 9-3.

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard knocked down shortstop Alcides Escobar with the first pitch of the game, a 98mph fastball that whizzed past his head.

Syndergaard said he had thrown the ball to "make a statement".

The Mets trail the best-of-seven series 2-1, with the fourth game taking place at Citi Field on Saturday night.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas said his team were "upset" by Syndergaard's actions, adding: "All 25 guys in that dugout were pretty fired up."

Escobar added: "The first pitch around my head, that's not good."

The pitch set the tone for the game, in which the teams traded leads in the early innings, before the Mets pulled away.

Noah Syndergaard
Escobar has to take evasive action after Syndergaard's first pitch
New York Mets
The Mets are trying to win their first World Series since 1986