The Bradenton Marauders defeated the St. Lucie Mets 5-1 at McKechnie Field.
Bradenton starter Alex McRae held the Mets to one run on seven hits over six strong innings. Junior Lopez tossed scoreless seventh and Edgar Santana didn’t give up a hit in the final two innings to close it out.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Wuilmer Becerra’s two-out RBI single that plated Amed Rosario. However, the lead was short-lived, as the Marauders scored three runs in the bottom of the inning against Chris Flexen. Elvis Escobar laced a two-run triple to make it 2-1. Escobar then scored on a sac fly.
Connor Joe hit a home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-1.
The Marauders scratched their last run across off of Kevin McGowan when Jerrick Suiter singled home Kevin Kramer in the seventh.
Suiter went 4 for 4 with four singles, one run and one RBI. Escobar went 2 for 4 with a double and triple.
Becerra finished 2 for 4 and raised his FSL-leading average to .400.