PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (August 7, 2019) - The St. Lucie Mets and Fort Myers Miracle split their doubleheader at First Data Field on Wednesday.
The Mets won game 1, 5-2. Fort Myers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory in game 2.
In game 1, Carlos Cortes hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead.
Mets starter Jaison Vilera twirled six solid innings to pick up his first Advanced-A win. He held the Miracle to three hits and two runs while striking out five.
Marcel Renteria pitched a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts for his fourth save.
Cortes also walked twice. The homer was his team-high eighth of the season and his first long ball since June 12 at Clearwater.
In game 2, the Miracle raced out to a 7-0 lead over the first three innings against Mets starter Thomas Szapucki.
Andrew Bechtold blasted a two-run triple in the second inning to open up a 5-0 lead. Bechtold scored on the very next pitch, which was wild to the backstop, to make it 6-0.
David Banuelos tripled with two outs in the third inning and scored on the play on a throwing error to make it 7-0.
Szapucki pitched just three innings and allowed seven runs (five earned) while surrendering seven hits.
Reliever Conner O'Neil gave the rest of the bullpen a boost by pitching the final four innings of the game.
Cortes provided the Mets with both of their runs on a two-run homer in the fourth inning against Melvi Acosta. It was his ninth homer of the season.
Acosta got the win, limiting the Mets to two runs in five innings.
Miracle reliever Moises Gomez pitched the final two innings perfect with five strikeouts.
Fort Myers' Jose Miranda went 4 for 4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored.
The Mets took two of three from the Miracle in the series. They have won three consecutive series and remain 2.0 games behind the Charlotte Stone Crabs for first place in the FSL South Division.
The Mets (31-17, 63-51) continue their seven-game home stand when they welcome the Daytona Tortugas to town for a four-game series starting Thursday. First pitch at First Data Field on Dollar Night is set for 6:30 p.m.
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