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GWINNETT at BUFFALO (ppd.): Thursday’s game between the Buffalo Bisons and the Gwinnett Braves at Coca-Cola Field was postponed due to rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Friday at Coca-Cola Field (Game 1: 5:35 p.m.).
NEW BRITAIN 7, BINGHAMTON 3: Robert Carson fired six innings of three-run work, but the quality start was not enough as New Britain ran past Binghamton at New Britain Stadium. Allan Dykstra enjoyed his finest day at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance, including his fifth home run. Binghamton (14-29) climbed on top in the second. Rock Cats starter Brett Jacobson walked the first two hitters of the inning. Raul Reyes made him pay with an RBI single to right-center for the game’s first run. Jose Coronado made it a 2-0 lead next with a seeing-eye RBI single to right. Carson tossed the first three innings in hitless fashion but ran into trouble in the fourth when four straight hitters reached base. Mark Dolenc led off with a double. Joe Benson drove him home with an RBI single to center, which instantly cut the B-Mets' lead in half. Chris Parmelee drew New Britain even with an RBI double to right, which scored Benson. Evan Bigley was the last to reach with a single. With runners on the corners and no outs, Yangervis Solarte chased home Parmelee with a double-play groundout to short, vaulting the Rock Cats into the lead for good, 3-2. New Britain (27-17) got sterling relief from Tyler Robertson after Jacobson departed. The southpaw hurled three scoreless innings and struck out two to notch his fourth win. Jacobson fell an inning short of qualifying for the win. He worked four innings and allowed two runs on four hits. The Rock Cats left no doubt with a four-run outburst in the seventh inning against Binghamton’s bullpen. Deibinson Romero powered a one-out triple off the wall in right against Roy Merritt to start the rally. Daniel Rohlfing followed with an RBI single and was joined on base by Chris Cates, who also singled. The three straight hits forced Merritt’s departure in favor of Eric Niesen. Two batters later, Dolenc smacked a three-run homer to straightaway center to increase the lead to 7-2. Dykstra homered to lead off the eighth versus Cole DeVries, but the New Britain closer settled in and retired the final six men he faced to seal the Rock Cats' victory. The B-Mets return home to begin an eight-game home stand Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Altoona Curve. Right-hander Jeurys Familia (0-1, 1.42) will start versus left-hander Aaron Thompson (2-4, 4.23). Box
ST. LUCIE 5, DUNEDIN 1: The St. Lucie Mets returned hone after dropping seven of eight games on a road trip and kicked things off on the right foot. The win snapped the Mets’ four-game losing streak and puts them at 27-21 on the season. St. Lucie is tied for the Florida State League’s South Division lead. Darin Gorski kept the Blue Jay hitters in check, lasting into the eighth inning. St. Lucie gave Gorski all the run support he would need in the first inning. Matt den Dekker doubled, Wilmer Flores walked and Stefan Welch doubled the two in to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead. Welch would score again in the fourth inning on a wild pitch. The Blue Jays cut the lead to 3-1 on a solo home run off Gorski in the seventh, but the Mets answered, plating two runs in the bottom half, on an RBI single by Rylan Sandoval and an RBI triple by den Dekker. Gorski (2-0) got the win, tossing 7 2/3 innings and allowing one run on three hits while striking out 13. Welch led the Mets offensively with three hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Den Dekker and Pedro Zapata each had two hits. The Mets continue their four-game series with the Dunedin Blue Jays Friday night at Digital Domain Park. Matt Harvey gets the start for the Mets. Harvey comes into the game at 5-2 with a 2.87 ERA in nine starts this year. Harvey, a 2010 first-round pick, has tallied 52 strikeouts and 17 walks while holding opposing batters to a .243 batting average in 47 innings. Box
SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 0: Greg Peavey tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Angel Cuan on the shutout. Cory Vaughn went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs and lifted his average to .342. Box
Compiled from team reports