FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 15, 2017) - The Fort Myers Miracle stunned the St. Lucie Mets by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to come back for a 4-3 walk-off win at Hammond Stadium on Friday.
The Mets were in excellent shape to extend their winning streak to four games and pick up a crucial game on the first place Miracle. It looked good when reliever Josh Torres started the ninth with two strikes to Tanner English. But Torres lost control and plunked English.
English then stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Patrick Mazeika. Brandon Lopez followed with a RBI double that tied the game. Jermaine Palacios then ended the game with a double to right-center field to bring home Lopez for the winning run.
It was a heartbreaker for the Mets, as they overcame a slow start to take a surprising lead.
Fort Myers scored a run in the first, another run in the second and had Mets starter Nabil Crismatt on the ropes multiple times. Crismatt allowed 11 hits but only the two runs while working his way out of jams for 6.2 innings.
Meanwhile, Fort Myers starter Cody Stashak only allowed one hit through the first five innings and retired 13 in a row at one point.
The Mets came alive in the sixth. J.C. Rodriguez worked a leadoff walk and John Mora crushed a game-tying home to make it 2-2.
Jhoan Urena ripped a single later in the inning and stole second. Mazeika blooped a two-out RBI single to bring in Urena for a 3-2 Mets lead.
Crismatt induced a crucial double play in the seventh and Major League rehabber Josh Torres fielded a comebacker to complete the inning. Craig Missigman stranded two runners in the eighth.
The Miracle ended up with 14 hits. Lopez, Palacios and Sean Miller collected three hits apiece.
Anthony Dimino had the only multi-hit game for the Mets. He went 2 for 4.
Tim Tebow went 0 for 4 and had his 12-game hitting streak and 17-game on-base streak snapped.
The Mets (8-14, 41-49) and Miracle (16-5, 49-40) continue their series at Hammond Stadium on Sunday. First pitch is 4:05 p.m.
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