PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (May 10, 2017) - The St. Lucie Mets came from behind in the eighth inning to defeat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 7-5 on Education Day at First Data Field on Wednesday. The Mets swept the three-game series.
The Mets entered the eighth inning trailing 5-4. Two relievers - Mark Ecker and Gerson Moreno - loaded the bases on walks and a hit batter with one out. Leon Byrd struck out swinging for the second out, but the third strike was wild and Jhoan Urena sped home from third base to tie the game.
John Mora came up and delivered a two-out, two-run single up the middle to put the Mets up 7-5.
Tyler Bashlor induced a double play and got a fly out in the ninth to finish the game. It was his third save.
Mora went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs score. He hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his first of the year.
New York Mets rehabbing first baseman Lucas Duda crushed a two-run homer in the first inning. Duda went 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored. He served as the DH.
Mets starter Kevin Canelon went four innings and gave up one earned run in a spot start.
Alex Palsha pitched a perfect eighth to earn the win.
Lakeland's Will Allen hit a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead for Lakeland.
Patrick Mazeika went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. His 13-game hitting streak came to an end.
Urena, the FSL leader in on-base percentage, reached four times. He had two singles and walked twice.
The Mets (15-19) begin a three-game series at the Jupiter Hammerheads on Thursday. First pitch from Roger Dean Stadium is 6:30 p.m.
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