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Sunday, August 4th (All times Eastern)

Kansas City Royals (55-52) at New York Mets (49-59), 1:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Ervin Santana (7-6, 3.03) New York - Zach Wheeler (4-1, 3.55)

(Sports Network) - After beginning the weekend with a pair of extra-inning affairs, the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals will close out a three-game series Sunday afternoon from Citi Field.

Eric Young Jr. belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning on Friday night to give the Mets a 4-2 win.

On Saturday, it was Kansas City's turn to hit a game-winning home run in extra innings. Justin Maxwell pinch-hit for reliever Kelvin Herrera to lead off the 12th inning and launched an offering from David Aardsma over the left field wall.

The Royals have won 10 of their last 11 games and trail in the AL wild card race by 4 1/2 games.

Aardsma suffered his first loss of the season by giving up Maxwell's home run. The Mets bullpen had pitched five scoreless innings in relief of starter Jeremy Hefner, who allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings before Aardsma let up the game winner.

The Mets have lost three of their last four games.

Ervin Santana takes the mound for Kansas City on Sunday.

Santana tossed seven innings and allowed just two runs while tying a season- high with eight strikeouts against Minnesota on Tuesday.

He has now allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his last 11 starts. The right-hander picked up the win against the Twins on Tuesday which moved him to 7-6 with his ERA also sitting at an impressive 3.03.

Since coming up with the Angels in 2005, Santana has never pitched against the Mets.

Zach Wheeler gets the start for New York opposite of Santana.

Though he has not taken the NL by storm as much as fellow stud Matt Harvey, Wheeler has still enjoyed a strong campaign in his first year in the bigs. Wheeler is currently 4-1 with an ERA of 3.55 in eight starts since being called up in mid-June.

In his last start, Wheeler allowed just two runs on three hits in seven innings against Miami. Though the Mets won the game, 4-2, Wheeler did not factor in the decision. He has won the last three starts in which he has factored into.

Wheeler will be facing Kansas City for the first time.

08/04 10:43:15 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
13th
CWS 4
BOS 4
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
8th
ANA 3
OAK 4
 
9th
SDP 4
COL 2
 
8th
SFG 2
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
4th
DEN 108
GSW 110
 
4th
POR 100
LAC 98
 
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR