Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Mets racked up 13 hits and moved to within 6.5 games of a playoff berth in a 6-4 win over the New Britain Rock Cats Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium. The B-Mets bumped the Rock Cats to third in the Eastern Division by taking three of four in the series.
After three scoreless innings, the B-Mets broke through in the third. Allan Dykstra led off with a walk from starter Logan Darnell, took second on a single and scored on consecutive groundouts.
The floodgates opened on Darnell in the fifth. After two singles opened the inning, Wilmer Flores doubled Binghamton’s lead by chopping a double into left field. Eric Campbell followed with an RBI single through the hole on the left side. Jefry Marte capped the four-run inning with a double down the third base line, giving Binghamton a 5-0 lead.
B-Mets starter Greg Peavey skated through the first five innings without allowing a run, but his stretch came to a halt in the sixth on a sac fly by Oswaldo Arcia.
New Britain continued their offensive push in the seventh. With two on, Nate Hanson poked an RBI single to center and Estarlin De Los Santos followed with a run-scoring single up the third base line. Peavey exited with one out and left his fate to the bullpen.
Jeff Kaplan entered and allowed one to score immediately. Aaron Hicks greeted the righty with a run-scoring fielder’s choice, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one. New Britain’s threat ramped up as Kaplan allowed a single and walked a batter to load the bases for Chris Colabello. The reliever escaped by inducing Colabello to roll into an inning-ending force out.
Juan Centeno added an insurance run with an RBI single off Jose Gonzalez in the seventh before Kaplan returned to toss a perfect eighth. Ryan Fraser entered in the ninth and worked around a two-out walk to secure his second save.
Peavey (6-7) allowed four runs on nine hits over 6.1 innings and earned his third win in his last four starts. Darnell (8-10) suffered his fourth-straight loss, allowing five runs on eleven hits over 5.2 innings.
The B-Mets (57-61) hit the road for a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators starting Friday night at 7:00 PM. LHP Mark Cohoon gets the nod for Binghamton against RHP Ryan Perry.