JUPITER, Fla. (May 11, 2017) - The Jupiter Hammerheads staved off two late rallies by the St. Lucie Mets to win 4-2 on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium.
The win for Jupiter snapped its six-game losing streak and ended the Mets three-game winning streak.
The Hammerheads were clinging to a 2-1 lead when Angel Reyes smashed a two-run homer off of Justin Dunn in the sixth to make it 4-1.
Jeff Diehl launched a mammoth solo home run in the seventh to make it 4-2.
The Mets put runners at the corners with no outs in the eighth, but reliever Jose Quijada struck out J.C. Rodriguez and got Jhoan Urena to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Wuilmer Becerra and Jeff Diehl started the ninth inning with singles to set up first and third for the Mets again. Andy Beltre struck out Nick Sergakis and walked Vinny Siena to load the bases. Then Beltre got Dan Rizzie to pop out and he struck out Enmanuel Zabala to end the game.
The Mets ended up with 10 hits, but the only one that scored a run was Diehl's homer.
Dunn took the loss. He allowed four runs in 5.1 innings. He had retired six straight batters until he walked Dexter Kjerstad to lead off the sixth and surrendered the decisive homer to Reyes.
Jupiter starter Felipe Gonzalez blanked the Mets over the first five innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out six.
Siena and Urena hit doubles for the Mets. Diehl went 2 for 4. Austin McGeorge pitched 1.2 innings of perfect relief with two strikeouts.
The Mets (15-20) and Hammerheads (14-21) play the middle game of their series at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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