The Syracuse Mets edged the Rochester Red Wings, 3-2, on Friday night at Frontier Field. The Mets and Red Wings have split the first four games of the six-game series.
Rochester jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. With two outs, Ildemaro Vargas scored on a throwing error by Syracuse’s first baseman Mark Vientos to make it 1-0.
The Red Wings extended their lead to 2-0 in the third on Josh Palacio’s RBI single.
Syracuse plated a pair of runs in the fourth to knot the game. Travis Blankenhorn put the Mets on the board with his eighth home run of the season. Later in the frame, Warren Saunders drove in a run with an RBI single.
The Mets grabbed the lead in the eighth for the first time in the game. Blankenhorn led off the inning with a single, then swiped second and third, before scoring on a throwing error by Red Wings catcher Tres Barrera. That ended up being the difference in the game as the Syracuse bullpen held the lead to secure the win.
Blankenhorn had four of the Mets’ seven hits.
Jefry Rodriguez started on the hill for Rochester and allowed two runs on two hits over 3 1/3 innings. Veteran pitcher Trevor Cahill started on the mound for Syracuse and surrendered two runs (one earned) over four innings.
The series continues on Saturday night. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.