The Syracuse Mets (43-53) snapped a three-game skid with a 5-3 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (48-47) on Thursday night at NBT Bank Stadium.
The game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the ninth when Francisco Alvarez crushed a two-run home run over the wall in left-center to give the Mets the win. That was his second career Triple-A homer.
Omaha opened the scoring in the top of the first. Michael Massey grounded into a double play but a run scored to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Syracuse answered with a pair of runs to grab a 2-1 lead. Travis Blankenhorn drove in a run with a groundout. Then, a run scored on a wild pitch.
The Storm Chasers tied the game again in the top of the fourth as Freddy Fermin blooped one into shallow center for a run-scoring single. Michael Perez put the Mets back on top in the fourth with a sacrifice fly.
Nate Eaton delivered a game-tying RBI single in the top of the eighth for Omaha to make it a 3-3 game before Syracuse walked it off in the bottom of the ninth.
Veteran right-hander Trevor Cahill started for the Mets and surrendered a run over three innings of work while walking three and striking out four.
Adonis Medina and Bryce Montes de Oca each allowed a run in relief for Syracuse. Rob Zastryzny tossed two shutout innings.
The Mets will try to even the four-game series at two games apiece on Friday with left-hander Nate Fisher on the hill. The first pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
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