The Syracuse Mets (37-47) wrapped up a seven-game series with the Buffalo Bisons (43-41) on Sunday afternoon at Sahlen Field and came out victorious by a score of 4-2. With the victory, Syracuse won five of seven.
Connor Grey made his second start of the series for Syracuse and tossed five innings of one-run ball while allowing just three hits and striking out six. Over two starts against the Bisons this week, the right-hander allowed just three runs over 10 innings.
The Mets plated the first run of the game without a hit in the top of the first inning. Travis Jankowski worked a leadoff walk and later scored on Daniel Palka’s RBI groundout to first.
Buffalo tied the game in the bottom of the third. Jordan Groshans slapped one through the right side for a run-scoring single to knot the game, 1-1.
In the top of the fourth, Palka put Syracuse back on top with his team-leading 16th home run of the season.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bisons tied the game once again. Danny Jansen lined a solo shot over the left-field wall to make it a 2-2 game.
Syracuse regained the lead for the third time in the top of the seventh. Gosuke Katoh crushed a two-run home run over the wall in right-center to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. That was Katoh’s fifth long ball of the season. His homer ended up being the difference in the game as the Syracuse bullpen held the lead to secure the victory.
Rob Zastryzny surrendered a run over two innings in relief before Yoan López recorded the final six outs of the game. López racked up five strikeouts over the two shutout frames.
The Mets will get the day off on Monday before they open a six-game series with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Tuesday night at NBT Bank Stadium. The first pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.