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Khalil Lee’s two-run single lifts Syracuse Mets over Buffalo

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Syracuse Mets rallied back from two deficits to defeat the Buffalo Bisons, 6-5, at NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday night. With the victory, the Mets snapped a two-game skid.

Syracuse jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Brett Baty opened the frame with his third Triple-A hit and later scored on Nick Plummer’s run-scoring single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Buffalo plated a pair of runs to grab the lead. Rafael Lantigua put the Bisons on the board with a solo home run. Later in the inning, Otto Lopez gave Buffalo the lead with an infield RBI single. The Mets responded in the home half of the frame to regain the lead. Mark Vientos smoked a two-run double to make it 3-2, Syracuse. Travis Blankenhorn followed that with an RBI single to extend the lead. But, once again, the lead did not last.

Vinny Capra launched a two-run home run over the wall in left-center in the top of the seventh to give the Bisons a 5-4 lead. However, the Mets answered again in the bottom of the inning. Khalil Lee grounded one through the right side for a two-run single to give Syracuse a 6-5 lead. That ended up being the difference in the game as the bullpen held the lead.

Connor Grey started on the mound for the Mets and surrendered a pair of runs over five innings. Sam Clay and R.J. Alvarez combined to allow three runs in relief. Bryce Montes de Oca struck out five batters over two shutout innings and earned the six-out save.

Jose Butto will make his Triple-A debut on Friday as the Mets try to make it two in a row. The first pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.