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Mets maul Miracle, 10-6

April 24, 2012
Special to Breezenewspapers , Lehigh Acres Citizen

ST. LUCIE - The Fort Myers Miracle were outscored 7-0 over the final three innings by the St. Lucie Mets in a 10-6 loss Monday night.

The Miracle held a 6-3 lead after Jhon Garcia allowed just three runs on five hits in five innings in a spot start. Miguel Munoz was blitzed by the Mets in his first appearance of the season in the sixth inning. St. Lucie tied the game 6-6, sending eight to plate and scoring three runs on four hits with RBI from Richard Lucas, Blake Forsythe and the New York Mets' Andres Torres.

Torres finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and one run batted in in a rehabilitation start in center field.

Edgar Ibarra relieved Munoz in the seventh, but did not fare much better. Entering the game with an ERA of 0.90, Ibarra was touched up for four runs on six hits over the final two innings including an inside-the-park home run by Cory Vaughn. Over the final three innings, the Mets scored seven runs on 10 hits with 21 batters coming to the plate against the Miracle bullpen.

Trailing 2-0 after the first, the Miracle began to punish Mets pitching in the second. Lance Ray got Fort Myers on the board with a long solo homerun to right field off of right-hander Gonzalez German.

In the fourth, the Miracle plated two off German with the bases loaded. Dan Rohlfing drew a walk to score a run and Ray followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 3-3. Fort Myers had a power surge in the fifth with Michael Gonzales and Daniel Santana each homering in a three-run inning.

Gonzales led off with a towering blast into the picnic area beyond the right field fence on a 1-1 pitch from German. Two batters later, Santana hooked a drive over the right field fence to give the Miracle a 5-3 advantage. Oswaldo Arcia would add a RBI on a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 6-3.

The Mets erased a Miracle lead for the second day in a row after dissolving a 6-0 lead on Sunday afternoon. The Mets now hold an eight game advantage over Fort Myers and sit atop the Florida State League South Division.

Kyle Allen (1-0) earned the victory and Ibarra (1-1) was the losing pitcher. New York Met pitcher D.J. Carassco tossed a scoreless inning to start the game in a rehabilitation assignment.

The Miracle (7-10) try to avoid a sweep Tuesday against the Mets (15-2).



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