A five-run bottom of the seventh inning for the Worcester Red Sox doomed the Syracuse Mets on Saturday night as the Mets fell to the Red Sox, 10-5, at Polar Park in Worcester, MA.
Syracuse (2-9) jumped out to a big lead in the top of the first inning. Johneshwy Fargas led off with a single and stole second base. Two batters later, Wilfredo Tovar singled, scoring Fargas to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Brandon Drury followed with a double to left-center-field that allowed Tovar to score from first for a 2-0 edge. Deivy Grullon then crushed a two-run home run over the 22-foot-high Worcester Wall in right field, extending the Syracuse lead to 4-0.
Worcester (6-5) responded in the bottom of the first. Kiké Hernandez was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, and Danny Santana followed with a two-run homer, cutting the Syracuse lead in half, 4-2.
The Red Sox pulled closer in the second thanks to a Jeter Downs solo home run that made it a 4-3 ballgame.
Worcester tied the game and took the lead in the fifth. With one out, Chris Herrmann doubled. Downs followed with a single to the left side that trickled into left field. Herrmann advanced to third base on the play. Mets shortstop Wilfredo Tovar picked the ball up and tried to throw Herrmann out at third. The throw was wild and went towards home plate where Mets catcher Deivy Grullon picked the ball up and overthrew second base where Downs was trying to advance to. That errant throw allowed Herrmann to score, tying the game, 4-4. Two batters later, Jack Lopez doubled home Downs, giving the Red Sox a 5-4 lead.
The Mets responded in the fifth. Fargas reached on an error and stole second base. Mason Williams followed with a walk. Tovar then flied out to right field. Fargas tagged up and advanced to third on the play and scored on an errant throw to third that bounced into the Syracuse dugout as the Mets tied the game, 5-5.
The Red Sox broke the game open in the seventh. Michael Gettys, pinch hitting for Hernandez, worked a walk, and Danny Santana also walked to put runners on first and second base. Jarren Duran followed with a double, scoring Gettys for a 6-5 Worcester edge. A Yairo Munoz sacrifice fly brought home Santana to make it 7-5. Marcus Wilson then singled home Duran for a three-run Red Sox lead, 8-5. After a Herrmann walk put runners on first and second, Downs doubled to score both Wilson and Herrmann, extending Worcester’s lead to five, 10-5.
Syracuse and Worcester conclude their six-game series on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Jesús Reyes will start for the Mets against Red Sox right-hander Raynel Espinal. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.