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Kernels: Now with more bases

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Our weekly roundup of MLB stats and oddities noticed that a lot of batters weren't stopping at first base. Plus notes on a first at Wrigley Field, a pitcher who rakes and some young players who had big games this week.

Some teams this week would have been satisfied with just hitting singles. But our weekly roundup of baseball's oddities focuses on a few teams who took extra bases to an extra level.

* We start, of course, with the New York Mets, for whom Yoenis Cespedes crushed three homers on Friday, joining Dave Kingman (1976) as the only Mets with three dingers and seven RBIs in a game. Cespedes added a double, a single and a stolen base, becoming the first player with five hits, seven driven in, and a steal since Willie Stargell did it on May 22, 1968.

Cespedes' grand slam, two-run homer, solo homer, double and single mean that he got three-fourths of the "normal" cycle and three-fourths of the elusive "home run cycle" in the same game -- a feat not achieved in baseball since at least 1888.

On Saturday the Mets piled up nine doubles, a season high for any team and their most since May 21, 2004, also against the Rockies (but at Shea). Four of those came in the second inning, and in the eight-run third, the first nine Mets all reached base safely. They hadn't done that since April 2005. Three doubles and a homer in that frame made it the first Mets game ever with four extra-base hits in two different innings.

Rockies starter Chris Rusin gave up eight of those doubles plus a home run to Juan Uribe; he is the first pitcher in the live-ball era to allow nine extra-base hits in an outing of two innings or less.

And no, your local paper didn't accidentally reprint Friday's box score. The Mets became just the second team ever to win consecutive games by the exact score of 14-9. The Red Sox did it against the Browns and White Sox on June 18 and 20, 1934. The only other teams to win a pair of 14-9 games in the same season are the 2008 Cubs and the 1887 Brooklyn Grays of the American Association.

* The Detroit Tigers enjoyed their visit to Wrigley Field, especially Wednesday, when they dropped a season-high 21 hits, topping Tuesday's 19. Wednesday's collection included 12 extra-base hits, the Tigers' most since hitting eight homers in Toronto on June 20, 2000.

Nine different players had those 12 hits; it's the first time that many Tigers have had extra-base hits in a game since July 15, 1982, when every starter had one in an 18-2 thumping of Minnesota. Nick Castellanos picked up the remaining ones Wednesday with two doubles and two homers; the last Tiger with that line was Craig Paquette in April 2002.

Tuesday and Wednesday marked the first time the Cubs had scored eight runs in consecutive games and lost both since June 12-13, 1990 (vs. the Mets). They rebounded with a win Thursday in which Chris Coghlan hit another RBI triple. The last Cubs batter to have a run-scoring triple in back-to-back games was Sammy Sosa in May 1997.

* Pedro Florimon's hit off the top of the wall won Tuesday's 15-inning game for the Pirates. It was his first career walk-off, and it was ruled a triple. The Pirates last had an extra-base walk-off in the 15th or later on June 20, 2003, when Randall Simon's homer to start the 15th gave them a win over Cleveland (at 1:38 a.m. after two rain delays).

The last walk-off triple for any team to happen with two outs in the 15th (or later) was by Rob Natal of the Marlins in their inaugural season. On Aug. 10, 1993, he scored Walt Weiss for a 3-2 win over the Cubs.

On Saturday, the Pirates got all three of their runs on solo homers, including a walk-off by Jung Ho Kang. Pittsburgh's last four walk-off homers against the Giants had been in extra innings; the last Pirate to hit one in the ninth against them was Roberto Clemente in 1967. It was also the first game in which Pittsburgh scored three or more runs, all on solo homers, and won, since they topped the Dodgers 3-1 on August 6, 2002.

* The Red Sox hit two sets of back-to-back homers on Wednesday, their first time doing so since June 18, 2004. David Ortiz had one that day as well; the others were by Manny Ramirez, Trot Nixon and Doug Mirabelli. Travis Shaw's homer Wednesday was his sixth, the most by a Red Sox batter within his first 23 big league games since Sam Horn had nine in 1987.

* As a team the Astros managed just three hits on Saturday; two were homers and they scored three runs to win. Only four other teams in the live-ball era have had exactly three hits in a game with them being two homers and a triple; the Braves were the last to pull it off, on July 19, 2012.

There is just one other game in Astros history in which they had at least three hits and all were triples or homers ... and that was last year when they beat the Yankees, also by a 3-1 count.

More From This Week

Ian Kinsler, Tuesday: First American League player ever to have a five-hit game at Chicago's Wrigley Field. (Bobby Richardson had one at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, where the Angels played their inaugural season.)

Madison Bumgarner, Friday: Hit fifth homer of season, most by a Giants pitcher since Hal Schumacher in 1934. First Giants pitcher to homer in consecutive games since Mike LaCoss in 1986.

Raisel Iglesias, Sunday: First Reds pitcher with one earned run, 13 strikeouts and a loss since Fred Norman lost 1-0 to the Cardinals (Joe Torre sac fly) on May 7, 1974.

A.J. Ellis, Tuesday: First Dodger with four walks and three RBIs in a game since Hall of Famer Duke Snider on April 24, 1955.

Stephen Piscotty, Sunday: First Cardinal with two homers, a triple and five RBIs in a game since Don Gutteridge in 1936.

Bryce Harper, Tuesday: First player in Nats/Expos history to score four runs in a game in which he did not have a base hit (0-for-2, 4 BB).

Henry Urrutia, Wednesday: First Oriole whose first career homer was a walk-off since Chris Hoiles in 1990.

Miguel Cabrera, Friday: First player to have three doubles in a game in which his team was shut out since Reds outfielder Cesar Geronimo against the Braves on June 21, 1974.

Greg Bird, Wednesday: Youngest Yankees hitter to have two homers and four RBIs in a game since Joe Pepitone in 1963.

Shane Peterson, Friday: First known pinch hitter ever awarded catcher's interference with the bases loaded. First bases-loaded CI for Brewers since Tomo Ohka was at the plate in 2006.

San Diego Padres, Saturday: Second time in team history with seven runs and seven hits in a seventh inning. Other time rolling all those 7s was Aug. 27, 2002, at Houston.

A.J. Pollock, Friday: Second player in Diamondbacks history with consecutive four-hit games (Steve Finley), or with four hits, three runs and two steals in a single game (Craig Counsell).