Wilmer Flores catches fire, helps Mets sweep Cubs

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null null null null null null null null null null null null null null null null null null null null null Baseball null null The New York Mets completed their sweep of the Chicago Cubs on Sunday with a convincing 14-3 win at home.Wilmer Flores led the way by tying a Mets record with six hits. The young third baseman finished 6 for 6 with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored. The only other Met to record six hits in a game was Edgardo Alfonzo in 1999 against the Astros. The offensive outburst was startling, but some baseball fans might have felt a jolt of deja vu after Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron collected six hits on Saturday. It is the first time two players have had six-hit games in a two-day span since Jimmie Foxx and Johnny Burnett did it on the same day on July 10, 1932.While Flores’ game was impressive, the darker side of the afternoon was the Cubs’ continued lack of form. Once on a record winning pace, Chicago has now lost four straight and 10 of its last 13 games. MORE: Sporting News 50 – How many Cubs players are among the best in the game?Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester was bounced in the second inning after allowing eight earned runs off of nine hits. It seems the virus spreading through the Cubs’ once stingy rotation has finally reached Lester.Meanwhile, New York ace Noah Syndergaard gave up just one earned run and struck out eight batters in seven innings to improve to 9-3 on the season.Players of the Day:Two Washington Nationals stars turned in memorable performances Sunday in a 12-1 win against the Cincinnati Reds. Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg left the game with a no-hitter still intact after 6 2/3 innings. He had already thrown 109 pitches and manager Dusty Baker didn’t want to push him in his first start back from the disabled list.Shortstop Danny Espinosa was arguably even more impressive than his teammate. The once soon-to-be-replaced infielder went 4 for 5 with two home runs with six RBIs, including a grand slam, his second of the series.Highlight:St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty hits a monstrous grand slam:Stephen Piscotty tees off on his second slam of the year. https://t.co/TxeixbvIAn #PapaSlamhttps://t.co/xpFSaZivAl— (@) July 3, 2016Three things to Know:— After completing their sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, the Detroit Tigers have now won six straight games, and 10 straight against teams other than the Cleveland Indians. Ian Kinsler led the way Sunday by collecting two hits, a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.— Mark Teixeira is the second New York Yankee in a week to homer in the eighth and ninth innings of a game (Brian McCann did it last week). Before that it had not happened since 2004.— Houston Astros second baseman José Altuve was held hitless for the second time in three games this month. Altuve only had two hitless games all of June when he had an -best .420 batting average for the month.What’s Next:Rangers (52-31) at Red Sox (44-37) 1:35 p.m. ET — Texas will start its series against the mercurial Red Sox with Nick Martinez (1-0, 5.00 ERA) on the mound. For a team 8 1/2 games ahead in their division, the Rangers still seem to be underrated.Tigers (44-38) at Indians (49-32) 7 p.m. ET — Detroit, which is 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the American League Central, is 0-9 against the Indians this season. The Tigers enter the game winners of 10 of their last 13 games. They will send Daniel Norris (1-0, 4.09) to the mound as he tries to gain control of the rotation spot left by Anibal Sanchez.


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