Extra Innings Kinder To Mets This Time Around

TRENTON, NJ - For the second game in a row, the Binghamton Mets participated in an extra-inning game. Two nights after suffering a loss to the Bowie Baysox in eleven innings, John Wilson scored a run in the top of the tenth inning on a wild pitch to give the Mets the lead against the Trenton Thunder. Binghamton held on to win the game and break a two-game losing skid.

Wilson entered the game in the eighth when he pinch-ran for catcher Mike Jacobs. Wilson came around to score as part of a three-run inning that gave Binghamton the lead 3-2. Third baseman Rodney Nye led off the frame with a solo homerun, his third of the year, off of Trenton reliever David Shepard.

Bob Keppel started the game for Binghamton and pitched well despite being tagged early for two unearned runs. Keppel lasted five innings, allowing just the two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two. Binghamton' bullpen kept the Mets in the game until the offense came around. Nick Mattioni and Tim Lavigne combined to throw three innings of four-hit ball before giving way to Orber Moreno.

Moreno gave up a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to Brian Myrow. Myrow's sixth blast of the season tied the game at three and put an exclamation point on his own 3-5 performance. Moreno's blown save was his first for Binghamton in 2003.

But the B-Mets would get Moreno off the hook in the top of the tenth, with a little help from Trenton's Adam Roller's wildness. Wilson led off with a double, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.

Moreno pitched a scoreless bottom of the tenth to pick up his second win of the season after joining the team last week. In his two innings of relief, the former Kansas City Royal allowed just two hits while striking out three.

Roller was charged with the loss after working two innings, allowing one run - unearned - on two hits and a walk while striking out two.

The Thunder bullpen spoiled a good start from Andy Beal. Beal pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out five.

The win was Binghamton's fourth straight against the Thunder this season.

The second game of the three-game series is on Wednesday at 7:05 pm. Derek Jeter of Trenton's parent-club New York Yankees is expected to make a rehab appearance in the game. The shortstop is recovering from a dislocated shoulder suffered in the Yankees' first game of the season.

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