4/27/17

St. Lucie 8 - Lakeland 7

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 The St. Lucie Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with a nail-biting 8-7 win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Wednesday at First Data Field.

The Mets held an 8-4 lead after seven innings but had to strand the tying run in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings. Alex Palsha got Zac Shepherd to fly out to the middle of the warning track in center field with the bases loaded to end the game.

In the eighth inning Ben Verlander lined out sharply to left against Darwin Ramos to leave the tying run at second base.

The Mets scored all eight runs in the first four innings. Brandon Nimmo, making a MLB rehab appearance, batted leadoff and went 1 for 3 with a double, walk, two RBIs and three runs scored. Wuilmer Becerra went 3 for 5 with four RBIs. He drove in Nimmo three times.

Patrick Mazeika hit a solo home run to start the fourth inning that made it 8-4. That turned out to be the Mets last hit and run of the game.

Mets starter Justin Dunn pitched six innings. He gave up four runs, all in the first two innings. He retired 13 of the last 15 batters he faced and earned his first Florida State League win.

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