Posted by Mack Ade at 7:30 AM
The St. Lucie Mets exploded for seven runs in the first inning and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Dunedin Blue Jays on Wednesday at Tradition Field.
Blue Jays starter Tom Robson and reliever Carlos Ramirez combined to walk five batters in the first inning. Left fielder David Harris dropped what would have been the third out of the inning on a liner by Jhoan Urena and two runs scored to make it 4-0. Luis Guillorme finished the flurry of scoring with a two-run single.
That was plenty of offense for Mets starter Josh Prevost. He held the Blue Jays to six hits and two earned runs in 5.1 innings. Prevost did not walk a batter and he struck out five.
Ben Griset only needed 29 pitches to retire the last nine batters of the game. His three perfect innings earned him his first save. Griset has not allowed a hit or a run in his 5.1 innings of relief this season.
Michael Katz went 2 for 4. His RBI single in the first started the scoring.
Robson only lasted two-thirds of an inning but just two of the seven runs he gave up were earned due to Harris' error.
The Blue Jays bullpen buckled down and did not give up a run over the final 7.1 innings.
Notes: The seven runs in the first were the most by the Mets in an inning this season and tied for the most runs scored in a game…John Mora's six-game hitting streak came to an end. He walked twice and was robbed of a hit on a tumbling catch by right fielder J.D. Davis…the Mets did not commit an error four the fourth time in seven games.
Rehab Update: Lefty reliever Josh Edgin pitched for the first time since starting on Sunday. He entered the game with one out and two on in the sixth. He allowed a run-scoring single on the first pitch, then only needed four pitches to retire the next two batters on infield pop ups. He threw five pitches (four strikes).
Next Up: The Mets and Blue Jays conclude their series at Tradition Field on Thursday. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. The Mets will be going for their second straight series victory. They lead the series 2-1.