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B-Mets rally past Reading, Trenton falls, Magic Number to 2

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READING, PA – The Binghamton Mets overcame a three-run deficit, broke a tie game with two runs in the ninth and held off a late Reading Fightin Phils rally in a 7-6 win at FirstEnergy Stadium on Tuesday night. Vince Belnome matched a career-high with four hits, Joe Benson and Jared King drove in two runs apiece and three relievers combined to hold Reading at bay in Binghamton’s 25th one-run victory of the season. The win, coupled with the Thunder’s loss, dropped the B-Mets magic number to clinch a playoff berth to two.

Trailing by three entering the sixth, Binghamton strung together a one-out walk and a pair of singles to load the bases against Ben Lively, chasing the righty from the game. Joe Benson greeted reliever Reinier Roibal by poking a two-run double down the right-field line. Jared King stroked the righty’s next pitch up the middle, bringing home Vince Belnome and Benson to push Binghamton ahead.

Reading tied the game in their next turn at the plate. Angelo Mora deposited Gabriel Ynoa’s first pitch of the sixth into the right-field alley for a leadoff double. He took third on a fly out and scored when KC Serna pushed a two-out bunt single to third against reliever Beck Wheeler.

In the ninth, TJ Rivera and Josh Rodriguez supplied consecutive one-out singles against Stephen Shackleford and each advanced on a wild pitch. With two in scoring position, Brock Peterson lifted a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to right-center. Belnome tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single to right, his fourth hit of the night.

Paul Sewald inherited the two-run lead and surrendered back-to-back singles. Andrew Knapp cut the deficit to one by bouncing into a run-producing fielder’s choice. With the tying run on base, Sewald struck out Art Charles looking to register his 23rd save of the season.

Binghamton was forced to play from behind after Andrew Knapp launched a first-inning two-run homer off Ynoa. Dylan Cozens added to the lead with a leadoff homer in the fourth and Destin Hood made it a three-run game on a two-out RBI double in the fifth. Belnome delivered Binghamton’s only run before the sixth with an RBI double in the fourth.

Walters (2-0) earned the win after keeping the Fightins off the board in the eighth. With the game tied, he allowed a leadoff double to Destin Hood. The righty retired the next three batters, closing the inning with a pair of strikeouts to keep Hood anchored at second.
Shackleford (4-2) allowed two runs on three hits in his lone inning. The righty has surrendered 14 earned runs in his last five appearances, nearly doubling his ERA in the process.

The B-Mets (74-61) continue their lone regular season visit to Reading on Wednesday night at 6:35 PM. RHP Tyler Pill takes the hill against LHP Joely Rodriguez. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:20 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton moved to within four games of Reading and kept their chances of a regular season division title alive with the win…TJ Rivera extended his season-best hitting streak to 12 games with his fourth straight multiple-hit game…Gabriel Ynoa allowed eight hits or more for the fifth time in seven starts.

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)