TAMPA, Fla. (August 12, 2017) - The Tampa Yankees beat the St. Lucie Mets 5-1 on Saturday at Steinbrenner Field in front of 7,157 fans.
All 12 of the Yankees hits were singles. Tampa scored three runs on five hits in the third inning against Mets starter Yeizo Campos, who came over the GCL to make the spot start.
Tim Lynch, Alex Palma and Hoy Jun Park hit consecutive singles to start the third. Park's base hit brought home Lynch. Estevan Florial and Chris Gittens added RBIs in the frame.
That was enough offense for Yankees starter Erik Swanson. He shut out the Mets over six innings. He scattered six hits, walked one and struck out six to get the win.
The Mets avoided the shutout when J.C. Rodriguez ripped a two-out RBI double in the top of the ninth. The hit scored Tim Tebow all the way from first base. Tebow got on base to start the inning when he was hit by a pitch in the back of the helmet.
Anthony Dimino went 3 for 3 with a double, two singles and walk in the loss. He is now batting .520 in August.
Campos held his own in his first FSL start. He threw 78 pitches over five innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits. He struck out two.
For the Yankees, Lynch went 3 for 4.
Tampa won its 15 straight home and its seventh straight game overall.
The Mets (20-29, 53-64) and Yankees (33-15, 72-46) complete their four-game series at Steinbrenner Field on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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