BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Binghamton Mets smacked three homers and pounded out 15 hits, taking the series opener from the Portland Sea Dogs, 11-4 on Monday night at NYSEG Stadium.
The Mets (52-37) had three, three-run innings and produced 23 baserunners.
Right-hander Cory Mazzoni (1-0) tossed five innings in his season debut, to earn the win for Binghamton. He gave up five hits and three runs.
Left-hander Brian Johnson (7-2) surrendered a career-high seven earned runs over 2 ⅓ innings on eight hits and one homer to suffer the loss for the Sea Dogs (59-30).
Travis Taijeron led Binghamton’s attack, going 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs. Brandon Nimmo added a three-run shot and Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. T.J Rivera tied a franchise record with three doubles.
Binghamton struck right away, scoring three two-out runs in the first inning. Rivera knocked home the first run of the series with a double. Boyd followed with a two-run single.
Portland got a run back in the second inning off Mazzoni. David Chester led with a single and moved to third on Michael Almanzar’s double. Keury De La Cruz drove home his 15th run of the season with a ground-out.
The Mets would respond in a big way, scoring four runs over the next two innings, and knocking Johnson out of the game in the third. He yielded four hits in the third, including a three-run homer to Taijeron, the final batter he would face. Taijeron hit a solo-homer in the fifth and Nimmo capped off the scoring with a three-run blast off Michael Olmsted in the sixth.
Portland catcher Mike Brenly went 2-for-4, with two RBI and two doubles. Eastern League All-Star Derrik Gibson tripled and delivered a run-scoring double in the ninth.