BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Rain delayed Monday night’s Eastern League series opener between the Portland Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets for more than a half-hour.

The Sea Dogs needed even longer to get started. Binghamton scored three times before Portland put its first runner on base and the Mets held on for a 6-5 victory.

Mets starter Brandon Moore was unable to finish the five innings needed to get the win, but retired the first 11 batters.

The Sea Dogs came on strong with 12 hits and put the winning run in scoring position in the last inning.

“For a game played in tough conditions, it was a well-played game by both sides,” Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles said after the loss on a cold night that drew a paid crowd of 1,097 but an actual turnout of fewer than 100 to NYSEG Stadium.

Four Binghamton relievers combined to allow one run over the final 42/3 innings.

Ricky Brooks (1-1) picked up the win. John Lujan closed out his third save when he got Ryan Lavarnway on a long fly ball to center field with two men in scoring position for the final out.

Josh Satin opened the scoring with a three-run homer in the bottom of the third and the Mets built the lead to 5-0 before the Sea Dogs knocked Moore out in the fifth.

“He had a good sinker/slider mix,” Boles said. “He was effective down in the zone. He induced a lot of groundballs.”

Five straight Sea Dogs reached and four of them scored in the fifth to cut the lead to one.

Portland had five hits in the inning, two in the infield and three that dropped in front of center fielder Jesus Feliciano.

Mitch Dening’s infield single in front of third baseman Eric Campbell on a 3-2 pitch in on his hands produced the first run.

Che-Hsuan Lin followed with an RBI single for the first of his three straight hits.

After Brooks came in to get the second out of the inning, Tim Federowicz singled in two more runs.

Satin doubled and scored on a double by Brahiam Maldonado in the bottom of the inning for Binghamton’s final run.

The Mets wound up needing that run when the Sea Dogs put three hits together with two outs in the top of the ninth.

Lin singled through the right side and moved to second on defensive indifference. Alex Hassan extended his streak to hits in 10 straight games to start the season when he singled in Lin.

Federowicz came inches short of tying the game with a double to the gap in right-center field.

Binghamton right fielder Raul Reyes cut the ball off at the start of the warning track.

He got to it just in time to discourage the Sea Dogs from trying to send pinch-runner John Hee home with the tying run.

“I hit it hard but I saw it slicing toward him,” said Federowicz, who had the team’s first hit and finished 3 for 5.

“I knew that if he cut it off, we’d have no chance to score.”

 


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