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Palm Beach 3 - St. Lucie 2

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (April 28, 2019) – The Palm Beach held on to beat the St. Lucie Mets 8-6 on Sunday at First Data Field.



The games was tied 2-2 until Palm Beach’s Ryan McCarvel ripped a tie-breaking RBI single with two outs in the sixth to put the Cardinals up 3-2.

The Cardinals appeared to break the game open by putting up five runs in the seventh. Evan Mendoza hit a two-run single and later in the frame Chase Pinder ripped a two-run double to put the Cardinals ahead 8-2.

The Mets rallied back with four runs in their half of the seventh. Mike Paez, Dale Burdick and Dan Rizzie hit three straight RBI singles to make it 8-6. Reliever Jason Zgardowski was able to stop the bleeding by striking out Gene Cone to end the rally.

The Mets brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning but Paez lined out sharply into a game-ending double play.

Austin Sexton recorded a six-out save for the Cardinals in his first appearance of the season.

Mets starter pitcher Justin Dunn shook off a difficult first inning to throw a good game. He allowed two runs in the first but then settled down to retire 14 of the next 15 batters. He gave up three runs (two earned) in 5.1 innings.

Palm Beach starter Evan Kruczynski allowed one earned run in 5.1 innings to pick up the win.

After not allowing an earned run in 13.1 innings over the first three games of the series, the Mets bullpen allowed five earned runs on Sunday.

Six Mets had two-hit games: Luis Carpio, Andres Gimenez, Anthony Dimino, Paez, Burdick and Rizzie. Carpio led off the first inning with a home run, his second of the year.

The Mets (10-13) are off on Monday. They return to the diamond on Tuesday when they begin a series at the Charlotte Stone Crabs. First pitch from Charlotte Sports Park on Tuesday is 6:35 p.m.

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