TAMPA, Fla. (August 10, 2017) - The Tampa Yankees scored nine unanswered runs to beat the St. Lucie Mets 11-5 on Thursday at Steinbrenner Field.
The Mets overcame an early 2-0 deficit by scoring five runs in the fourth inning. They held that lead halfway through the ballgame, but it was all Tampa the rest of the way.
The Yankees scored three runs off of Scarlyn Reyes in the fifth inning to tie the game. Tim Lynch crunched a RBI double to make it 5-5 and knock Reyes out of the game.
Tampa scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to break the game open. The Yankees were aided by two errors in the inning. Kyle Holder started the inning with a single against Austin McGeorge. Holder went on to score from first base on Estevan Florial's hit and a throwing error by second baseman Jeff McNeil on the play.
Later in the inning with the Yankees up 7-5 and two outs, Alexander Palma broke the game open with a two-run double off of Craig Missigman. Wes Wilson added another run on RBI single to make it 10-5.
Chris Gittens hit a solo homer in the eighth to complete the scoring.
McGeorge took the loss despite none of the three runs against him being earned. Reyes allowed five runs in 4.1 innings in the no decision.
No Met had a multi hit game. Peter Alonso went 1 for 4 with a RBI double.
Holder had three hits for the Yankees. Reliever Bringnel Mendez tossed three shutout innings in his FSL debut to earn the win.
The Mets (20-27, 53-62) and Yankees (31-15, 70-46) continue their series at Steinbrenner Field on Friday at 7 p.m.
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