BRADENTON, Fla. (April 7, 2018) - Alfredo Reyes hit the deciding three-run homer in the first inning and the Bradenton Marauders held off the St. Lucie Mets 5-3 on Saturday at LECOM Park.
Reyes took Mets starter Gabriel Llanes deep with two on and two out in the first to put the Marauders up 4-0. After the inning ended the game went into a rain delay for an hour.
When play resumed both starters were lost for the game. The Marauders turned to reliever Mike Wallace, who allowed one run in five innings to get the win.
Four Mets relievers - Joseph Zanghi, Matt Pobereyko, Ryder Ryan and Matt Blackham - combined to hold the Marauders to one run over seven innings.
The Mets trailed 5-0 after five but didn't fold. Jacob Zanon extended his doubles streak to three games in a row in the sixth inning. He scored on Brandon Brosher's sac fly to cut the deficit to 5-1.
Ian Strom hit a long solo home run in the seventh to make it 5-2. Dash Winningham clubbed a solo shot, his second of the season, with one out in the ninth to bring the Mets within 5-3. However, Matt Eckelman retired Strom and Michael Paez to end the game and get the save.
Winningham went 2 for 4. Andres Gimenez, Desmond Lindsay, Paez and Zanon all collected hits to extend their respective hitting streaks to three games.
The Mets (1-2) and Marauders (2-1) conclude their four-game series on Sunday. First pitch from LECOM Park is 1 p.m.
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