PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (May 16, 2016) – An ugly seventh inning by the St. Lucie Mets paved the way for the Clearwater Threshers to come back and win Monday’s game at Tradition Field 8-5.
The Mets were playing one of their best games of the season through the first six innings, holding a 5-3 lead, but it unraveled in the seventh when the Threshers scored three runs on four hits and two key errors.
Kyle Martin’s ground rule double with no one out put runners on second and third. A ground out led to Zach Green scoring to get the Threshers within a run, 5-4. The Mets then drew the infield in and a ground ball by Malquin Canelo was booted by Amed Rosario which allowed runners to reach the corners with one out. Robby Coles threw an errant pickoff throw away that let Martin in to score the tying run. Canelo advanced to third base and scored on a wild pitch by Coles to put the Threshers ahead 6-5.
Carlos Tocci bashed a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to put the Threshers safely ahead 8-5.
The Mets lost for the first time after taking a lead to the seventh inning. They had been 16-0.
The Mets scored three runs in the first inning. Luis Guillorme smacked a RBI double and Michael Katz laced a two-out RBI double to put the Mets up 3-0.
Gabriel Lino launched a two-run double in the second to make it 3-2. The Mets responded with two-out RBI hits in the second and third to go up 5-2.
On the bases, the Mets swiped five bags. Champ Stuart had two steals. Meanwhile, Tomas Nido threw out three Threshers trying to steal second.
Mets starter Corey Oswalt limited the powerful Threshers offense to three runs over six innings for his second straight quality start.
The Thresher bullpen tossed five scoreless innings to finish out the game. Victor Arano earned the win.
Guillorme went 3 for 5 with two RBI. Stuart went 2 for 5 and extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Kevin Taylor was 0 for 4 and was stranded in the on deck circle when the game ended. His 14-game hitting streak came to an end.
Green went 4 for 4 and was a triple shy of the cycle for the Threshers.
Next Up: The Mets (20-17, 2nd) and Threshers (25-13) play the second game of their series at Tradition Field on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.