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Flores Hits HR In 9th As Mets Beat A's For 4th Straight

Flores Hits HR In 9th As Mets Beat A's For 4th Straight

Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning as the New York Mets rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Pinch hitter Lucas Duda delivered a tying single with two outs in the eighth off lefthander Daniel Coulombe. Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to begin New York's comeback, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.

Flores connected on a 96 mph fastball from Simon Castro (0-1), sending a line drive to left field for the second game-ending homer of his career. That sent a frenzied crowd of 39,629 home happy — hours after fans lined up early in the heat outside...

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