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Syracuse Rallies Back and Wins Third Straight Game over Rochester with 5-4 Victory on Saturday Night

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September 10, 2022 – International League (IL)Syracuse Mets News Release

Syracuse Mets' Dominic Smith at bat
Syracuse Mets’ Dominic Smith at bat
(Syracuse Mets, Credit: Herm Card)

Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse Mets kept the good vibes going on Saturday night, rallying back once again from an early deficit to nab a 5-4 win over the Rochester Red Wings on a warm September night at NBT Bank Stadium. The Mets have now won three straight games after dropping the first two games in the six-game series.

After two scoreless innings to start the game, Rochester (58-76) lifted the scoring lid in the top of the third. The Red Wings did it via extra-base power. Jecksson Flores tripled to start the frame, followed by another triple from Andrew Stevenson that plated Flores for a 1-0 lead. Stevenson, a former LSU Tiger, finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate, his first multi-hit game of the series. Stevenson pranced home later in the inning when John Nogowski doubled him home and made it a 2-0 ballgame.

From there, it would prove to be Syracuse’s (56-78) night, as the Mets scored the game’s next five runs to put themselves in the driver’s seat for a win. The scoring onslaught started with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. The frame began with a gift – Dominic Smith hit a high popup into shallow right-center field that should have been an easy out, however, the two fielders on that side of the infield (Lucius Fox and Flores) both lost the ball in the lights. The ball landed in the outfield grass, allowing Smith to jog into second with a bloop double. The Mets took advantage from there. First, Daniel Palka ripped a double to the base of the center field wall, scoring Smith with ease to pull the Mets within one, 2-1. Then, after consecutive outs, Syracuse tied the game when Gosuke Katoh grounded a single into right field that plated Palka and tied the game, 2-2, after four innings of play.

In the fifth, the Mets took the lead for good with another pair of runs to make it a 4-2 game. The runs came on one pivotal blow. After a two-out walk to Travis Jankowski extended the inning, Smith brought Jankowski home by crushing a two-run home run over the left-field wall, an opposite-field shot that put Syracuse in front for good. Smith finished the night 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run, two runs scored, and two runs driven in.

The Mets capped off their Saturday night scoring on the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh inning. On the 95th and final pitch of the night for Rochester starter…

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