The Binghamton Mets scored seven two-out runs and plated five runs in thesecond in an 8-3 win over the New Britain Rock Cats Wednesday night at NYSEGStadium. The B-Mets went 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position and got sixstrong innings from Darin Gorski to gain one game on the Rock Cats in theplayoff race.
Gorski’snight did not get off on a steady foot. Aaron Hicks led off the game with atriple down the third base line and scored two batters later on a double byOswaldo Arcia. It was the only time Binghamton trailed in the contest.
TheB-Mets tied the game in the bottom of the first when starter Aaron Thompsonwalked Raul Reyes with the bases loaded, his third free pass of the inning.
Binghamtonbroke the tie with a five-run second. With runners at the corners, Reese Havensthreaded an RBI single to center to give Binghamton a 2-1 lead. After a fielder’schoice and a fly out, Allan Dykstra stroked a two-out run-scoring single tocenter. Jefry Marte capped the rally by blasting a three-run homer into therail yard in left field. His ninth home run of the season gave Binghamton a 6-1lead.
Gorskisettled in after his bumpy first inning and retired 17 of the final 20 RockCats he faced. The southpaw allowed just one more run on a solo homer by ChrisColabello in the sixth. Gorski capped his night after six innings, workingaround a walk and a single to cap his night with a scoreless frame.
AfterArmando Rodriguez posted a scoreless seventh, Francisco Pena padded Binghamton’slead with a two-out, two-run single to right off reliever Marty Popham in thebottom of the inning.
AdamKolarek took over in the eighth, but recorded just one out. The lefty issued aleadoff walk, surrendered a single and exited after allowing a sac fly toOswaldo Arcia that cut Binghamton’s lead down to five. Ryan Fraser entered andtook the game to the finish line. The righty retired both batters he faced inthe eighth and worked a perfect ninth inning.
Gorski(7-6) allowed two runs on four hits and struck out two while going six inningsfor the eighth time in the last nine games. Thompson (3-7) extended his winlessstreak to seven games.