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Bizarre 4th inning too much to overcome for B-Mets

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Akron RubberDucks used a four run fourth inning to beat the Binghamton Mets, 6-1, Monday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. The B-Mets were held to fewer than three runs for the third time in their last eight games. Akron took the final two games to earn a split of the four game set in their lone visit to Binghamton this year.

The B-Mets scratched across a run in the ninth inning to avoid being shutout for the second time this season. The B-Mets are averaging 2.6 runs per game in their last eight contests, going 3-5 during that time.

Rainy Lara faced the minimum through the first three innings, before the wheels came off in the fourth. After retiring the first batter, the next two reached on a single and a Jairo Perez error. It was the fourth error by the second basemen in 11 games. Yandy Diaz then singled to right field on a play that consisted of one hit, two errors, and three runs scoring for the RubberDucks.

The first run came in on the base hit. Diaz was then caught in a rundown when Erik Gonzalez began heading home and scored on a Gavin Cecchini overthrow to the plate. With the ball sitting at the back stop, Diaz began to head home and scored when Lara overthrew Dustin Lawley, who was covering the plate.

Akron added on to their lead one batter later when Destin Hood launched his second home run of the season to center field.

Akron was back at it in the eighth inning, this time against reliever Julian Hilario. The RubberDucks stroked five hits in the frame, getting their fifth run on an Erik Gonzalez single to left field. After an out on the basepaths, Destin Hood hit his second home run of the game.

Trailing 6-0 in the ninth, Dustin Lawley walked with one out. After a Xorge Carrillo double, Jairo Perez grounded out to second to bring in the lone B-Met run.

Cody Anderson (3-2) got the win, shutting out the B-Mets over his six innings. He allowed just two hits through his first 5 2/3 innings of work. Lara (3-2) took the loss, despite striking out a season-high seven batters. He allowed four runs and eight hits over six innings pitched.

Vic Black pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning, striking out a batter in his second appearance with the B-Mets during his rehab assignment.

The B-Mets (24-20) continue their homestand, welcoming in the Portland Sea Dogs for a three game series that begins Tuesday, at 6:35 PM. Binghamton RHP Gabriel Ynoa (2-2, 4.35) gets the ball against RHP Joe Gunkel (1-0, 4.32). 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: The B-Mets have allowed nine home runs in their last 10 games…Binghamton has scored less than two runs in eight of their 44 games this season…The B-Mets have not won any of their past four series…Jayce Boyd extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 games

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(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)