PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (May 9, 2017) - The St. Lucie Mets blew out the Lakeland Flying Tigers 9-1 on Tuesday at First Data Field. It was their largest margin of victory this season.
Starting pitcher Andrew Church cruised for seven innings. He gave up just four hits and two walks. He struck out four while throwing 98 pitches.
Rehabbing New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (elbow) cranked a line drive home run in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Mets got three straight run-scoring hits from Nick Sergakis, Vinny Siena and John Mora with two outs to go ahead 4-1.
St. Lucie scored three more runs in the third inning off Lakeland starter Sandy Baez. Patrick Mazeika pulled a RBI single to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and put the Mets up 5-1. Wuilmer Becerra hit a RBI single and Sergakis drew a bases loaded walk to make it 7-1.
Mazeika and Jhoan Urena led off the seventh with back-to-back doubles to build an 8-1 lead. Becerra capped the scoring with a run scoring singled to plate Urena for a 9-1 advantage.
Mazeika, Urena and Becerra each collected three hits.
Duda went 2 for 4 with a homer, walk, RBI, two runs and two strikeouts. He played all nine innings at first base.
The Mets (14-19) and Flying Tigers (16-17) conclude their three-game series at First Data Field on Wednesday. First pitch on Education Day is 10:30 a.m.
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