Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wilmer Flores Leads Mets' Eight-Homer Barrage; Kansas City Soars Past Orioles on Omar Infante Triple

Players of the Day for Monday, August 24, 2015

American League

Flores: 2B, 2HR, 5RBI
Infante: Key Triple
Kansas City continues to roll on towards the AL Central title with the best record in the American League after dumping the Orioles Monday night, 8-3.

Baltimore led, 3-1, until the Royals erupted for seven run in the sixth inning, highlighted by Omar Infante's triple which plated two runs. Infante continued homeward bound on a bad relay throw from Orioles' second baseman Jonathan Shoop.

With the lead at 6-3, the Royals weren't done, getting another couple of runs on Lorenzo Cain's single, completing the scoring for the game.

Infante tripled again to lead off the KC eighth, but was stranded 90 feet from home.

The loss was the fifth straight for the O's, after being swept at Camden Yards by the Twins over the weekend. Kansas City won their third straight and lead the AL Central by a whopping 13 games.

Game two of the four-game series in Kansas City is slated for an 8:10 pm EDT start.

National League

With their fourth straight win - a 16-7 thumping of the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia - the Mets increased their NL East lead over the idle Nationals to 5 1/2 games.

The Mets pounded out 20 hits, including seven doubles and eight home runs (a franchise record). Second baseman Wilmer Flores was all over it, socking a double and two homers in six at-bats, driving in five runs and scoring three times. A solid hitter in the heart of the Mets' order, Flores is batting .265, with 14 home runs and 54 RBI.

The slaughter was the first of a four-game series in Philadelphia with the first-place Mets meeting the last place Phillies (tied with Miami at 50-75). Game two is schedule for 7:05 pm EDT Tuesday night.

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