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Mets start hot, cruise past Tarpons 8-4

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April 21, 2024 – Florida State League (FSL)
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HARBOR ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The St. Lucie Mets picked up where they left off on Saturday night, earning an 8-4 victory over the Tampa Tarpons on Sunday afternoon at Clover Park.

On Saturday, the Mets scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth to stun Tampa for a walk-off victory. On Sunday, the Mets scored all eight of their runs in the first two innings to build an 8-0 lead. They never looked back on their way to a third straight win and the first series win of the season.

Jesus Baez delivered the game’s first run on an RBI single against Tampa starter Brady Rose in the first inning. JD Martinez, resuming his rise to the major leagues, scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. Martinez had reached base with a single.

Vincent Perozo added a sac fly to bring Baez home for a 3-0 lead later in the inning.

The Mets scored five runs in the second inning. Donovan Antonia hit an RBI double. Colin Houck followed with an RBI triple to make it 5-0. Martinez continued the rally with an RBI double for a 6-0 lead. Perozo and Chris Suero hit consecutive runscoring singles to lift the lead to 8-0.

Mets starter Kade Morris threw 3.0 scoreless innings. He didn’t give up a hit and overcame three walks.

Franklin Gomez gave up a pair of runs over the next 2.1 innings. Juan Arnaud threw 1.2 scoreless innings behind Gomez and was credited with the win.

Jimmy Loper threw the final 2.0 innings to end the game and the series.

Martinez went 2 for 3 with a double, single, strikeout, RBI and two runs.

Sebastian Castro was also 2-of-3.

Perozo’s RBI single extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Rose took the loss for Tampa. He was charged with eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits in 1.1 innings.

The Mets (7-8) are off on Monday. They return to action on Tuesday when they begin a six-game series at the Daytona Tortugas. Jackie Robinson Ballpark’s first pitch on Tuesday is 6:30 p.m

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