BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Mets scored five runs in the last two innings but could not dig out of a five-run hole in a 7-5 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats.
Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda collected three hits apiece for the B-Mets.
Tejada led off the ninth with his third single of the night off of Rock Cats’ closer Anthony Slama.
Emmanuel Garcia followed with a hit and Josh Thole brought in Tejada from second on a single.
Thole tried to stretch his single into a double but was thrown out by leftfielder Rene Tosoni.
D.J. Wabick then followed with a double to bring in Garcia and make the score 7-4.
After a Nick Evans strikeout, Duda collected his third hit to score Wabick.
With the tying run at the plate, Slama induced a game-ending fielder’s choice to third off the bat of Shawn Bowman.
New Britain (21-20) tallied first with three runs in the fifth off B-Mets starter Ryan Coultas, who gave up a season-high four runs.
Whit Robbins who went 3-4 added a solo home run in the sixth off Coultas to put the Rock Cats ahead 4-0.
Nick Abel spelled Coultas in the seventh and proceeded to give up three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings.
Binghamton (18-22) loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Thole and walks to Evans and Duda by Rock Cats’ starter Matt Fox.
However, Frank Mata came on to get out of the jam by striking out Shawn Bowman and popping Josh Petersen up in foul territory to the catcher.
The B-Mets loaded them again in the eighth, this time cracking the scoreboard for two runs.
With the bases full on three straight hits, Petersen scorched a single to center that scored Wabick and Duda, making it 5-2.
Coultas was pinned for the loss in his six-inning outing and Fox picked up the win for the Rock Cats, going 5.1 innings for the fifth straight start.
Binghamton takes on New Britain again tomorrow night.
Dylan Owen (0-3, 6.18 ERA) will take the mound for the B-Mets and Jeff Manship (3-3, 6.42 ERA) will go for the Rock Cats.
Courtesy: Binghamton Mets