Friday, May 15, 2009

Martinez Ups Average to .400; Wright's 4 Thefts Lead Mets

Players of the Day for Thursday, May 14, 2009 American League The Cleveland Indians may be in last place in the contentious AL Central, but they are only 4 1/2 games back and showing signs of life. Thursday at Tampa Bay, Cleveland bats boomed in an 11-7 clubbing at Tampa Bay with Victor Martinez leading the way with a 4-for-4 effort, including a pair of doubles, four RBI and a couple of runs scored. Martinez, who has been batting over .300 since the second game of the season, upped his average to a cool .400 with his 14th multiple hit game of the season. National League David Wright had a busy night in the Mets' 7-4 victory at San Francisco. In the 1st inning, he singled and stole second. In the 3rd, he singled home a run and stole second again, while Gary Sheffiled scored on a wild pitch. He was walked in both the 5th and 7th innings, and stole second base for the third time in the 7th. Finally, with the score tied 4-4 in the top of the 9th, Wright singled in Carlos Beltran, then executed a double steal with Sheffield taking third while he took second, tying a club record with 4 thefts in a game. A batter later, he and Sheffield scored insurance runs on Ramon Castro's single to complete the scoring. Wright finished 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI, a run scored, a couple of walks and 4 steals. The Mets' win boosted their lead in the NL East to 2 games over idle Atlanta and Philadelphia, 5-3 losers to the Dodgers.

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