The Syracuse Mets fell to the Worcester Red Sox, 6-4, on Wednesday night at NBT Bank Stadium. The six-game series is now even at a game apiece.
Syracuse jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but could not hold on as they were outscored 6-1 over the final eight innings.
In the bottom of the first, Daniel Palka smacked his team-leading 24th home run of the season over the center-field wall to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Travis Blankenhorn followed that with his 15th long ball of the season.
Johan Mieses put Worcester on the board in the top of the fourth with a run-scoring double to make it 3-1.
The Red Sox plated three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. The first run of the inning came on an RBI groundout by Emmanuel Valdez. The other two runs scored on a throwing error. However, the lead did not last long as Syracuse tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Mark Vientos’ RBI single.
Worcester regained the lead in the top of the sixth on Christin Stewart’s solo shot and later added another run on Connor Wong’s RBI double to extend the lead to 6-4. That ended up being the difference in the game as the Red Sox bullpen held the lead the rest of the way.
Veteran left-hander Mike Montgomery started on the mound for Syracuse and surrendered four runs (two earned) over four innings.
The week-long series continues on Thursday at 6:35 p.m.