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B-Mets lose 3rd in a row as defense helps Harrisburg in 7-3 win

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The Harrisburg Senators rode a four-run eighth inning to their 7-3 win over the Binghamton Mets Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton has lost three games in a row, scoring five total runs in the losses. Josh Rodriguez hit his league-leading 13th home run of the season.

Harrisburg scored two runs in the top of the first inning for the second consecutive game. The Senators loaded up the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Drew Vettleson got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Wilmer Difo. One batter later, Pedro Severino singled off Dustin Lawley’s glove at third base to drive in a run.

Binghamton got on the board to begin the bottom of the second inning, when Brock Peterson launched his fourth home run of the year down the left field line. Binghamton would use the long ball again, tying the game one inning later. With two outs, Austin Voth walked Gavin Cecchini. The next batter, Josh Rodriguez, lifted a high fly ball to left field that narrowly cleared the wall for his 13th home run of the year.

The tie remained all the way to the eighth inning. Seth Lugo worked out of jams in the fourth and sixth innings, leaving two guys on-base in both frames. Meanwhile, the B-Mets loaded up the bases in the bottom of the sixth with one out, before Voth got Xorge Carrillo to go down swinging and Lawley to bounce out to short.

Akeel Morris came on for the top of the eighth and walked the first batter he faced. The next two batters each reached on bunt singles to load the bases. Jose Lozada followed with a double into the right-center field gap to give Harrisburg the lead back. After a fly ball and an intentional walk, Adam Kolarek relieved Morris with one out and the bases reloaded.

Derrick Robinson hit a ground ball to short that he was able to leg out at first, avoiding a double play. The relay throw from Rodriguez could not be scooped by Peterson at first base, which allowed Lozada to come around from second base to score the second run on the play.

Binghamton would draw two walks in the eighth, but stranded both runners. The B-Mets then went down quietly in the ninth inning, after a Jared King lead-off single.

Abel De Los Santos (2-4) got the win in relief, tossing a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Mooris (0-1) took his first loss as a B-Met, allowing four runs in just a 1/3 of an inning.

The B-Mets (37-35) head out on a seven-game road trip that begins Saturday night in Akron with a 7:05 PM first pitch. RHP Gabriel Ynoa (4-4, 4.99) gets the start for Binghamton against RHP Adam Plutko (2-1, 2.79).

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)