BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Binghamton Mets scored nine runs over the last three innings to beat the Portland Sea Dogs 13-3 in a Double-A baseball game Thursday.
The loss marks the fourth in a row for the Sea Dogs (59-33) and the first time all season they have had a losing streak of four games.
Luis Diaz made his first start against the Mets (55-37), and was greeted by a four-run attack in the second inning. Travis Taijeron and Brandon Nimmo began the rally with a walk and single respectively, before Xorge Carillo doubled to left and plated the pair to make it 2-0.
Diaz continued to struggle in the inning as Rylan Sandoval hit a single to put runners at the corners with one out. Diaz then made an errant pickoff throw, allowing Carillo to score and Sandoval to go to third. Dilson Herrera hit a sacrifice fly to center, Sandoval scored and made it 4-0.
Steven Matz was on the other side of the hill for the B-Mets and the young left-hander threw four perfect innings for Binghamton before Sean Coyle broke up that stretch of 12 in a row with a double to center. Coyle came around to score the Sea Dogs’ first run on a Keury De La Cruz, which cut the deficit to 4-1.
Matz got out of the fifth without any further damage, but gave up a pair of runs in the sixth. Heiker Meneses and Peter Hissey reached to begin the inning, and with one out Blake Swihart connected for a double to left that brought home both runners and pulled Portland to within one at 4-3.
That would be as close as the Sea Dogs would get it as Binghamton doubled its output with another four runs in the seventh off of Robby Scott. Back-to-back singles began the home half of the seventh and Brian Burgamy loaded the bases on an error by the shortstop Meneses.
Diaz (3-2) went the first 5 ⅔ innings and took the loss, giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits two walks and nine strikeouts, tying a career-high in punch outs. He finished his outing by retiring 13 of the final 14 men he faced.
Matz (2-1) earned the win going 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, all earned on four hits; he walked one and struck out five.