PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (April 11, 2014) - The St. Lucie Mets scored three runs in the eighth to win a thrilling game against the Fort Myers Miracle, 6-3, on Friday at Tradition Field.
Cam Maron broke a 3-3 tie with one out in the eighth when he belted a 3-1 pitch from Matt Tomshaw into center field to score Aderlin Rodriguez from second base. Rodriguez had advanced to second on a wild pitch.
The Mets added insurance runs in the frame when Levi Michael's throw home from second was wild and Maron scored and when Maikis De La Cruz hit a sac fly to center to score Eudy Pina.
Randy Fontanez worked a perfect ninth with a pair of strikeouts to earn his first save. The Mets have now won three in a row and they are back to .500 with a 4-4 record. The Miracle are 6-2 and lead the Mets by two games in the Florida State League South Division.
Bret Mitchell pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth to earn the win. Starter Steven Matz held the powerful Miracle lineup to three runs, two earned, in six innings. He struck out six, walked one and gave up five hits.
The Mets wasted no time scoring, as Dilson Herrera led off the bottom of the first with a double and Brandon Nimmo followed with a run-scoring single.
The 1-0 lead lasted until the fourth. The Miracle loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth and Matz nearly got out unscathed. He got Adam Brett Walker to fly out and Stuart Turner to ground to third. Rodriguez came home with the throw and it beat Michael to preserve the Mets lead. However, Niko Goodrum belted a two-run single to put the Miracle up 2-1.
The Miracle added another run in the fifth when Jonathan Murphy reached on an error and later stole home.
The Mets tied the game in their half of the fifth. Nimmo singled in Phillip Evans to make it 3-2, then with two outs, Jairo Perez grounded a ball to third that Goodrum kicked into center field, allowing Nimmo to score the tying run.
The 3-3 score held until the Mets broke open the game in the eight.
Herrera, Nimmo, Rivera and Evans had two hits each for the Mets. Rivera now has four multi hit games out of seven this season.
Miracle starter Brett Lee received a no decision.
The Mets (4-4) and Miracle (6-2) meet again at Tradition Field on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow the contest. Join the Voice of the Mets Adam MacDonald for the broadcast on stluciemets.com beginning at 6:15 p.m.
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