The Tortugas Get Tebowed

Tim Tebow hits walk-off homer to sweep Daytona

By Daytona Tortugas | July 13, 2017 9:59 PM ET

ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - Tim Tebow hit his first career walk-off home run to sweep the Tortugas in Thursday's doubleheader at First Data Field. It's Daytona's (35-50, 2-18) third losing streak of six games or more in the second half.

The Tortugas jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game two, but St. Lucie scored the final five runs of the game. It was the first time Daytona has blown a lead of four runs or more in a game this year.

The Tortugas got on the board with a James Vasquez single to right field in the first inning. They would add on a frame later with Luis Gonzalez's second home run of the year, a two run shot to left field. Alfredo Rodriguez would cap the scoring with an RBI double, his second extra-base hit in as many innings.

The Mets whittled back against RHP Jake Paulson. Michael Paez began the offensive attack with an RBI single in the second. A Blake Butler errored allowed a second run to score in the inning.

A stanza later, the Mets would tie it up on back-to-back singles from Jose Garcia and Paez.

The game would remain tied until the seventh inning, when Tebow smacked a one-out first pitch home run to left field against RHP Austin Orewiler for the win.

Daytona was shut out in game one, 1-0, as RHP Joe Shaw tossed his first career complete game shut out for St. Lucie.

The Tortugas will try to avoid the sweep Friday at First Data Field. LHP Ty Boyles (2-2, 4.50) gets the start in his return to Daytona. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM with coverage beginning at 6:20 PM with The Metcare Pregame Show on AM 1230 and AM 1490.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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