PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (April 13, 2018) - The St. Lucie Mets won their fourth straight game with a 2-1 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays on Friday Night at First Data Field.
Mets starter Gabriel Llanes pitched an efficient gem. He limited the Blue Jays to one run on four hits in six easy innings. He only threw 67 pitches and earned the win.
Ryder Ryan didn't allow a run in two innings of relief. He extended his scoreless streak to 17 innings dating back to last season in Columbia.
Joe Zanghi worked around a two-out single in the ninth to pick up his first save.
The Blue Jays scored their only run in the fifth on a RBI ground out from Eduard Pinto.
The Mets immediately answered in their half of the fifth. Luis Carpio drew a leadoff walk from starter Josh DeGraaf. Ian Strom followed with a single. Then with one out, Gene Cone ripped a single to bring home Carpio to tie the game 1-1 and send Strom to third base.
Jacob Zanon lifted a shallow fly ball into foul territory down the first base line. Strom aggressively tagged from third base and scampered home when second baseman Bradley Jones caught the sac fly. That put the Mets up for good, 2-1.
Cone led the Mets at the plate by going 2 for 3. Desmond Lindsay reached base three times. He walked twice and singled.
The Mets (5-4) and Blue Jays (4-5) play the second game of their series on Saturday. First pitch from First Data Field is set for 6:30 p.m.
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