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B-Mets offense sparks 9-5 win over New Hampshire

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MANCHESTER, NH – The Binghamton Mets racked up 16 hits to blast past the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 9-5, on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Eight B-Mets registered at least one hit while six compiled multiple-hit games in the series-opening win. Jonathan Galvez drove in three and LJ Mazzilli and Jared King collected three hits apiece as the B-Mets gained a game on the first-place Fightin Phils.

The B-Mets jumped on the board just five pitches into the game. TJ Rivera started Binghamton’s offensive attack against Barnes by lacing an RBI double into the right-field alley, plating Mazzilli from first base. Joe Benson doubled the lead with a run-producing groundout to short. Galvez pelted the left-field wall with a two-out, two-run double in the third and Rivera struck again in the fourth with a line-drive RBI single into right-field.

After the Fisher Cats got on the board with two runs in the fourth, Galvez answered back with one swing. The B-Mets third baseman deposited the first pitch he saw in the fifth into the left-field seats, ending Barnes’ night and stretching Binghamton’s lead to four.

Ynoa cruised through his first three innings before battling through his final three frames. The righty allowed one hit and faced two over the minimum to blank the Fisher Cats into the fourth. Ynoa allowed two runs on three hits in the fourth before stranding the bases loaded in the fifth. The Fisher Cats scratched out another run against the righty in the sixth, his final inning.

With their lead trimmed to three for the second time, the B-Mets relied on the bottom of their lineup to put the game out of reach against reliever Cory Burns. Following a walk to Galvez and a single by Xorge Carrillo, King capped a three-hit game by yanking an RBI double inside first base. Gomez ripped Burns’ next pitch down the left-field line for a two-run single.

Trailing by a half-dozen, the Fisher Cats mustered a late rally in the ninth and plated two runs against Josh Smoker before the lefty retired Matt Newman to secure the victory.

Ynoa (9-8) allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings to earn the win. Barnes (2-5) was touched for six runs on a dozen hits over 4-2/3 innings in the defeat.

The B-Mets (67-55) continue their series in Manchester with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 6:05 PM. RHP Tyler Pill takes the mound in the opener against RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx. RHP Mickey Jannis makes his Double-A debut against LHP Luis Perez in the nightcap.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)