Akron starter Giovanni Soto struck out nine over seven innings to lead the Aeros past the Binghamton Mets 3-1 Wednesday night at Canal Park. The loss extended the B-Mets losing streak to three games, their longest skid of the season.
After Soto worked a perfect first to start his night, the Aeros took advantage of a B-Mets defensive miscue in the bottom of the inning. Davis Stoneburner led off by shooting a groundball to Rylan Sandoval at short. Sandoval, in his first game of the season at short, bounced his throw to first past Oswaldo Navarro, allowing Stoneburner to move to second.
The Aeros second baseman advanced to third on a wild pitch by B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon and scored on Ryan Rohlinger’s groundout to second.
Akron added to their lead in the fourth with a three-hit attack. Adam Abraham doubled to left centerfield and scored one batter later on a double from Thomas Neal. Bellows drove Neal home by shooting a single up the middle.
Given a three-run lead, Soto cruised to his third victory of the season. The southpaw ran right through the B-Mets lineup from the third inning to the fifth, retiring seven in a row.
Mark Cohoon’s night ended after five innings. The lefty allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out three in the losing effort. He was replaced by Armando Rodriguez, who supplied three perfect innings of relief.
Binghamton finally got on the board in the sixth. Oswaldo Navarro followed Matt den Dekker’s leadoff walk with a single to center. Reese Havens collected his third RBI of the season with another single.
Soto escaped further damage by striking out Jefry Marte and turning a line drive back to the mound into a double play by doubling off Havens to end the inning.
The 20-year-old from Puerto Rico capped his night with a perfect seventh. He collected nine strike outs and allowed just one run on four hits over a season-high seven innings.
Nursing a 3-1 lead, Kyle Landis entered from the pen and worked around a walk and a single to post a scoreless eighth. Eric Campbell led off the ninth with a double to center, but the rally fell short as Landis retired three straight to earn his first save.
The win was Akron’s eighth straight and league-leading eleventh at home. Soto (3-0) collected the victory, while Mark Cohoon (2-3) had his two-game winning streak snapped.