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||NEW YORK You can take the Royals out of Kauffman Stadium, but you cant take the Kauffman Stadium out of the Royals.Kansas Citys relentle s contact-obse sed offense the rallying cry for this team is keep the line moving was the difference in the Royals comeback win in Game 4 of the World Series, a 5-3 victory against the Mets at Citi Field. The win put them up3-1in the series and on the verge of winning the franchises first championship since 1985.MORE: Best photos from the World Series| Five takeaways from Game 4The game-altering, three-run rally, which started with one out in the eighth inning, was pure Royals. It started with back-to-back walks, was boosted by an errorby Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy and capped by back-to-back sharply hit singles.There wasnt a home-run swing all inning with the po sible exception of a first-pitch whiff by Eric Hosmer because the Royals know they can win without home-run swings. Its how theyve not only survived, but thrivedthese past couple of years.Royals hitters understand the realities of hitting at Kris Bryant Cool Base White Jersey Kauffman, their Yellowstone-feeling home ballpark.Ive been here for a while now, Alex Gordon told SN before Game 1 of the World Series, and Ive hit a lot of deep fly balls where theyve been outs.His teammates have learned that le son, too.In this big ballpark, said Mike Moustakas, whos better known by his nickname, Moose, to K.C. fans,weve had to do some things and Kyle Schwarber Jersey change our swings a little bit, not trying to go up top all the time, just trying to get base hits and make solid contact.Of course, accepting that you can't mash dingers every dayand adapting this contact-over-power philosophy hasnt always been easy. But the Royals are pretty smart folks, in addition to being talented ballplayers. There are only so many times you can bang your head into the wall or, in this case, have fly balls only reach the warning track before you realize the walls gonna win.Weve come back by hitting five or six singles in one inning, and it ends up we win ballgames that way, hitting coach Dale Svuem told SN before Game 1. Thats our whole mindset. We have to give or take. If were going to try to hit home runs all the time, we aint gonna win close ballgames.In the eighth-inning rally of Game 4, it didnt take five or six singles, but it did take five at-bats with that same approach. With one out, Ben Zobrist drew a walk from Mets set-up man Tyler Clippard, and after falling behind in the count0-2, Lorenzo Cain did the same thing (on eight pitches).MORE:Murphy's error looms large, but Mets' trouble starts with Collins' handling of startersThe Mets made a pitching change, going to closerJeurys Familiato face Hosmer. On Familias second pitch, Hosmer hit a little grounder toward Murphy at second base. He was charging in on the play and just mi Kris Bryant Jersey sed the ball, which allowed Zobrist to score to tie the game. Cain scampered all the way to third on the mistake.Hosmer went from the feeling of dread running as hard as he could to try to avoid the doubleplay to looking up and seeing the ball roll into the outfield.Its a great feeling, he told SN. You know the games tied at that point, and weve got guys on the corners for Moosecoming up. I think the momentum and energy really swung over to our dugout. Just kind of woke us up a little bit.Moose did what the Royals have done all season. He took a measured swing and hitthe first pitch from Familia past a diving Murphy, chasing home Cain from third. The next batter, Salvador Perez, worked the count to 2-2 before he lashed another line-drive single into the outfield, sending home Hosmer.Five batters, two walks, two singles and an opposition miscue and the Royals had their three-run rally that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead.Its a matter of, how is this team, in this kind of ballpark, going to win close ballgames? Svuem said, in a bit of foreshadowing, before Game 1. Thats how we do it.And thats how theyre one win away from winning the World Series.