JUPITER, Fla. (May 13, 2017) - The St. Lucie Mets defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads 4-1 in 10 innings on Saturday to salvage the three-game series.
Jeff Diehl lifted a sac fly deep to center field with the bases loaded in the 10th to bring in John Mora for a 2-1 lead. Wuilmer Becerra added insurance runs when he followed with a two-run single.
Over the first nine innings, the only run for the Mets came on a solo home run from Nick Sergakis to lead off the fifth.
Four Mets pitchers combined to limit the Hammerheads to one run. There was plenty of damage control to be done, as Jupiter collected 12 hits but went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
Joseph Shaw got the start and gave up one run in 5.2 innings. At one point he struck out six batters in a row. The one run he allowed came on a two-out RBI single by Brad Haynal in the third inning.
Austin McGeorge followed Shaw and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. Craig Missigman gave the Mets two scoreless innings. Tyler Bashlor struck out three in the 10th to earn his fourth save.
Mora went 3 for 5. His single in the first extended his hitting streak to 10 games. His leadoff bunt single in the 10th sparked the Mets winning rally. Becerra went 2 for 5 with hits in the ninth and 10th innings.
The Mets ended up with 12 hits. They had chances to win the game in regulation. They had two on with no outs in the eighth and the bases loaded with no outs in the ninth. Both times they could not push across a run.
Jeff Locke made a rehab start for Miami and he struck out seven in five innings. The only run he gave up was the Sergakis long ball.
Cody Poteet followed Locke and gave up three runs in 4.2 innings.
The Mets (16-21) are off on Sunday. They return to the diamond on Monday when they start a four-game series in Lakeland against the Flying Tigers. First pitch at Joker Marchant Stadium on Monday is 6:30 p.m.
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