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B-Mets salvage series, avoid sweep

BINGHAMTON, NY – Steven Matz tossed seven strong innings and the Binghamton Mets backed him with an eleven-hit attack in a 4-2 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday night.  Binghamton snapped their seven-game losing streak at Hadlock Field while avoiding a three-game sweep. The B-Mets moved to within 4.5 games of first place in the completion of their season series with Portland.

Portland got on the board in the second inning against Matz. Sean Coyle hit a 0-1 pitch over the left-center field wall to lead off the frame and give the home team a 1-0 advantage.

It didn’t take the B-Mets long to respond against Binghamton University product Mike Augliera. Rylan Sandoval started the top of the next frame with a home run to center field that tied the game at one. It was Sandoval’s first long ball of the year.

Binghamton took their first lead in the fourth. T.J. Rivera started the rally with a double and moved to third base on a ground out from Darrell Ceciliani. Jayce Boyd brought the runner home with a single up the middle to make the score 2-1.

That advantage grew in the fifth. Dilson Herrera laced a single down the left-field line with one out and stole second base. Brian Burgamy tallied his third hit of the game with a single to put runners on the corners fro Travis Taijeron. The slugger belted a double to the gap in left-center field to score Herrera. Rivera then skied a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Burgamy for the 4-1 lead.

Portland cut into the deficit in the sixth. Ryan Lavarnway, with the Sea Dogs on Major League rehab, singled and moved to second on a ground out to start the inning. He moved to third after Michael Almanzar singled. Dave Chester came through with a single of his own, Lavarnway crossed the plateon the play to cut the B-Met lead to 4-2.

Matz (4-1) improves to 2-0 against Portland this season. Augliera (4-8) tossed six frames and allowed four runs on eight hits. He finished the night with seven strikeouts. Randy Fontanez and Cody Satterwhite pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings to end the game. Satterwhite picked up his ninth save of the year.

The B-Mets (61-42) continues its seven-game road trip when they head to Trenton on Thursday. RHP Tyler Pill takes the hill for the B-Mets opposite RHP Luis Severino for the Thunder. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show, starting at 5:45 PM, can be heard on News Radio 1290 WNBF and on the Binghamton Mets Baseball Network via the TuneIn App.

POSTGAME NOTES: Sandoval’s home run was the league-leading 99th for the team on the season…Burgamy finished the game 4-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored…Portland won the season series over the B-Mets 11-9.

Catch the future stars of the New York Mets all season long at NYSEG Stadium. Visit BMETS.COM, stop by the box office or call 723-METS for tickets.

Be sure to follow the B-Mets on Facebook, Twitter and at the team’s official website (www.bmets.com) for more team information. Fans can also stay up to date with all the action on the field by visiting “B-Mets Buzz with Tim Heiman” at bmets.mlblogs.com.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)

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