The Syracuse Mets smacked three home runs, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Columbus Clippers, 11-5, on Thursday night at Huntington Park.
Columbus jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first after Daniel Johnson lined a RBI single to right.
In the next half inning, Matt Reynolds hammered a solo home run over the left-field wall to tie the game.
Nick Plummer blasted one over the left-field wall in the third to put Syracuse ahead, 2-1. However, that lead didn’t last long as Ike Freeman homered to left in the bottom half of the frame to put the Clippers back on top, 3-2.
Columbus added a pair of runs in the fourth to push their lead to 5-2. Mike Rivera grounded one through the middle for a RBI single and Freeman grounded into a double play, but a run scored.
Mark Vientos tied the game at five in the fifth with a three-run shot to left-center. After that, it was all Columbus. Mitchell Tolman and Rivera each worked bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the inning.
The Clippers plated three more runs in the seventh to cap off the scoring. Tolman ripped a RBI double to left, Rivera launched a sacrifice fly to right and Freeman crushed a two-run home run to left.
Plummer and Vientos each had two-hit games for Syracuse.
Jose Rodriguez started for the Mets and allowed three runs on four hits over 2.2 innings while striking out four and walking one.
Anthony Vizcaya and R.J. Alvarez each allowed two runs in relief. Alex Claudio surrendered four, but only one was earned. Stephen Nogosek fired a scoreless inning.
Syracuse will try to snap its three-game skid on Friday night as the two teams continue their six-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.