Two days after he nearly was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Carlos Gomez, New York Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to give the Mets a 2–1 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday at Citi Field.
Flores, who was visibly upset on the field during Wednesday night’s game as the trade reports involving him intensified, ripped a 1–1 fastball from Nationals reliever Felipe Rivero to left centerfield for the game-winner, capping a thrilling day for the Mets in which they acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers and saw reliever Tyler Clippard make his team debut after his trade from the Oakland Athletics.
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Flores finished 2 for 5 with two RBIs and one run scored. He is batting .251 with 11 home runs, 42 RBIs and a .670 OPS in his third major-league season with the Mets.
Flores received multiple ovations throughout the game, starting with his diving stop on a grounder during the first inning and continuing during his first at-bat of the game in the second.
The win moved the Mets to 53–50, two games behind the Nationals in the NL East.
- Mike Fiammetta