7/3/18

Mets pull off improbable 4-1 win at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 3, 2018) – The St. Lucie Mets earned the win of the year 4-1 in 11 innings over the Daytona Tortugas on Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Daytona loaded the bases in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings and failed to score. In the 10th and 11th the bases were loaded with no outs. In both innings Mets reliever Stephen Villines started a 1-2-3 double play to help himself get out of the jams.

The Mets trailed 1-0 until the eighth inning when Dan Rizzie crushed a leadoff home run off of Ty Boyles to tie the game 1-1.

In the top of the 11th Mike Paez dropped down a bunt with Gene Cone on second base and Andres Gimenez on first base. Pitcher Nick Howard fielded the bunt and threw it away which allowed Cone and Gimenez to score. Wuilmer Becerra brought home Paez later in the inning with a RBI single to make it 4-1.

The Mets bullpen – Matt Pobereyko, Seth Davis and Villines – combined for 5.2 shutout innings.

Mets starter Gabriel Llanes struck out eight over five innings. He scattered five hits and allowed one run.

The Tortugas had a runner at third base with one out or no outs in four different innings and did not score in those innings. They went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15.

The Mets went 4-1 on their road trip. They have won five of their last six games.

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