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B-Mets hold on to 5-4 win over Akron for third straight

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AKRON, OH --The Binghamton Mets erupted for five runs in the sixth following a 19-minute rain delay and held off a late Akron rally in a 5-4 victory over the RubberDucks on Saturday night at Canal Park. Dustin Lawley and Aderlin Rodriguez supplied two-run extra-base hits in the decisive inning to lead Binghamton to their third straight win.

The offensive chances were hard to come by for the B-Mets through the first five scoreless innings.Cody Anderson never faced more than four batters in any inning, while scattering three hits and striking out four.

After failing to cash in with the bases loaded in the third, the RubberDucks broke through against Michael Fulmer in the fifth. Todd Hankins started the rally, and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, by pulling a double into left. Jordan Smith brought him home with a line drive single to center.

As the game entered the sixth, heavy rain forced the umpiring crew to place the tarp on the field. The 19-minute delay ended Anderson's night and forced the RubberDucks to dip into the bullpen. The B-Mets jumped on reliever Benny Suarez out of the gate, greeting him with a pair of singles. With runners at the corners, Suarez fired an errant pick off throw to first, allowing Brandon Nimmo to score the tying run.

Following a walk, Lawley ripped the first pitch he saw down the left-field line, plating Jayce Boyd and Josh Rodriguez to give the B-Mets their first lead. Suarez exited after walking Xorge Carrillo. Aderlin Rodriguez welcomed reliever Jacob Lee by scorching a two-run triple into the right-field alley, his first three-bagger of the season.

Adam Kolarek inherited the four-run lead and worked a scoreless sixth before tossing a perfect seventh. Matt Koch pitched around two singles in a blank eighth.

Paul Sewald took over in the ninth and fell into trouble immediately. After a leadoff double by TonyWolters, Yandy Diaz sent an RBI single up the middle. Two batters later, Bryson Myles plated another run with an infield single to short. Tony Hankins made it a one-run game by chopping a run-producing fielder's choice to first.

Following a two-out walk to Erik Gonzalez, Jon Velasquez took over and induced Anthony Gallas to fly out to center to end the game.

Fulmer (1-0) allowed one run on five hits over five innings to earn his first career Double-A win.Velasquez notched his seventh save of the year with the B-Mets. Suarez (0-1)was tagged for all five runs in the loss.

The B-Mets (18-11)conclude their three-game series against the RubberDucks on Sunday at 2:05 PM. RHP John Gant toes the rubber against LHP Ryan Merritt.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)