The Syracuse Mets’ offense struggled with runners in scoring position on Friday night, and that was the difference in the game as they fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 2-1. With the loss, Syracuse has dropped three of the first four games in this six-game series.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning on Blake Perkins’ solo shot.
In the top of the seventh, Nick Dini finally put the Mets on the board and tied the game with his eighth home run of the season.
Syracuse had an opportunity in the top of the ninth to take the lead as they had two runners on and nobody out, but they could not get the big hit. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets were an out away from sending the game to extra innings, but Rob Brantly singled home the winning run with a groundball to shortstop.
Jose Butto started for Syracuse and turned in his best outing at the Triple-A level as he surrendered a run over 5 2/3 innings while striking out six.
The week-long series will continue on Saturday at 6:35 p.m.