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B-Mets not confined by outfield walls in sweep of Portland

PORTLAND, ME – Josh Rodriguez and Aderlin Rodriguez (unrelated) drove in a half-dozen runs and three Binghamton Mets relievers tossed five scoreless innings in an 8-3 win over the Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field. Binghamton launched three homers to secure the series sweep and extend their winning streak to four games.

Josh Rodriguez started his big day by blasting a solo home run in the first, Binghamton’s third first-inning long-ball on the road trip. Rodriguez deposited Mike McCarthy’s payoff pitch to dead centerfield for this third homer of the season.

The B-Mets infielder struck again in the third. With the bases loaded on a single and two walks, Rodriguez smoked a line-drive double into left-center clearing the bases and giving the B-Mets a 4-2 lead.

Jairo Perez added to Binghamton’s advantage with a controversial two-run homer in the fourth. The second baseman ripped an 0-2 pitch from McCarthry down the left-field line. Originally ruled foul by home plate umpire Blake Felix, the call was overturned, kicking Binghamton’s lead to 6-2.

The B-Mets flexed their muscle again in the seventh. After Kyle Kraus issued a two-out walk, Aderlin Rodriguez belted his third home run of the season over the Maine Monster in left field.

Given plenty of offensive support, Rainy Lara needed 85 pitches to survive four innings. The righty surrendered three runs on six hits before ceding to the bullpen.

Adam Kolarek led the reliever charge with three scoreless innings. The southpaw induced six groundouts and struck out David Chester to strand two in the seventh inning. Dario Alvarez worked a scoreless eighth and Jon Velasquez sealed the victory with a blank ninth.

Kolarek (1-0) earned his first victory since May 18, 2014. McCarthy (2-2) was tagged for six runs on eight hits in the loss.

The B-Mets (12-8) enjoy an off day on Thursday before starting a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Friday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Gabriel Ynoa gets the ball for Binghamton. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:50 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.

POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton has scored in the first inning in four of their last five games...Binghamton finished April with a 12-8 record, marking their 11th consecutive winning month (April – August) under Pedro Lopez…the B-Mets have collected 10 hits or more in five of their last six games

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)