Mets Jump out to Early Lead, Beat Threshers 5-2
CLEARWATER, Fla. (June 16, 2015) - The St. Lucie Mets scored four runs in the third inning and went on to beat the Clearwater Threshers 5-2 on Tuesday at Bright House Field.
Starter John Gant limited the Threshers to two runs in 5.2 innings and little-used Edioglis Villasmil bailed Gant out of a big jam in the sixth as the Mets won for the fourth straight time.
With two outs and the Mets leading 5-0 in the sixth, the Threshers collected four straight hits and scored twice to make it 5-2. Gant then walked Andrew Knapp to load the bases.
After the bullpen lost Akeel Morris to a big league promotion and Monday's game went 13 innings, Mets manager Luis Rojas turned to Villasmil to help his taxed bullpen.
In just his second game of the season, Villasmil rewarded his manager by getting Dylan Cozens to ground out to strand the bases loaded. Villasmil started an inning-ending double play in the seventh and worked a perfect eighth.
Robby Coles tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the year.
The Mets built an early lead by scoring four runs in the third. Jeff Glenn started the rally with a leadoff double and two batters later he scored on a single by Brandon Nimmo. Matt Oberste hit a sac fly to plate Jeff McNeil, and Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario followed with back-to-back RBI single to make it 4-0. Rosario's single chased Threshers starter Matt Imhof after just 2.1 innings.
Miakis De La Cruz added an RBI single in the sixth to put the Mets up 5-0.
McNeil went 3 for 5 and upped his league-leading batting average to .333. Rosario and Glenn had two-hits apiece.
The Mets won despite committing four errors. Rosario made three of the errors at short.
Gant scattered seven hits and two earned runs in 5.2 innings. He struck out five. His streak of 21 consecutive innings with a strikeout ended in the second, but he struck out two batters in the third. He was credited with his first win since joining St. Lucie.
The Mets (34-31) and Threshers (32-33) continue their four-game series with game 3 on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on www.threshersbaseball.com.
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