JUPITER, Fla. (July 8, 2017) - The St. Lucie Mets got quality pitching again in a 3-2 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.
Four pitchers combined to strikeout 13 batters. The Mets have now recorded 25 strikeouts in their two wins against Jupiter the last two days.
Mets starter Merandy Gonzalez did not allow an earned run in his 5.2 innings of work. He struck out six batters and lowered his ERA to 1.02 in three starts with St. Lucie.
Jupiter's only run off Gonzalez came in the third when Major League rehabber Miguel Rojas hit a two-out single to bring home Chris Hoo. Hoo previously reached base on an error.
The Mets quickly answered with three runs in the top of the fourth off of James Buckelew. Tim Tebow got the scoring started when his fielders choice grounder brought home Peter Alonso. Later in the inning Jose Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in Nick Sergakis for a 2-1 lead. Enmaneul Zabala capped the inning with a RBI sac fly to center field. Tebow beat the relay throw home with a head first dive to the plate.
Josh Torres, who struck out the side in the ninth on Friday, retired all four batters he faced in relief of Gonzalez. He struck out three more hitters. Craig Missigman pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts in his return from the disabled list.
Tyler Bashlor surrendered a two-out RBI single in the ninth, but he struck out Brian Schales to end the game.
Tebow went 1 for 4 with a single, RBI and run. His base hit in the ninth extended his hitting streak to seven games. He has reached safely in all 12 games with St. Lucie.
Jhoan Urena went 2 for 4.
The Mets (5-11, 38-46) and Hammerheads (7-9, 40-44) play the third game of their series on Sunday. First pitch at Roger Dean Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
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