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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Noah Syndergaard was knocked out after the first four batters of the fifth reached base in Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League opening-round series. He was charged with six runs on six hits, three walks and a wild pitch in four-plus innings and threw 84 pitches. The big blow against Las Vegas came on a three-run homer by ex-Met Mike Jacobs against Miguel Socolovich in the fifth that staked Reno to a 7-5 lead. Two runners inherited from Syndergaard scored on the play. Vegas trails the best-of-five series, 2-1. Logan Verrett starts Game 4 on Saturday. Box
PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 3: The B-Mets are a game away from elimination after
Sewald dropping Game 3 of the best-of-five series. Portland broke a 3-all tie with a three-run bottom of the seventh against Paul Sewald that included two unearned runs. Sean Coyle contributed a go-ahead single that plated Rusney Castillo from second base. Chase Huchingson took over for Sewald and collected a strikeout before Carson Blair brought home a run with an infield single. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar compounded the issue and allowed another run to score by forcing an errant throw to first.
B-Mets starter Steven Matz allowed three runs in five innings as the Sea Dogs built a 3-0 lead. Portland starter Eduardo Rodriguez held the B-Mets hitless for 5 1/3 innings In the sixth, Xorge Carrillo finally put the B-Mets in the hit column with a one-out double. Two batters later, Brandon Nimmo plated Carrillo with a double and took third on outfielder Shannon Wilkerson's error. Nimmo scampered home four pitches later on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one run. Binghamton caught a break to even the score in the top of the seventh. Following a two-out walk to Darrell Ceciliani, Travis Taijeron threaded a double inside the third-base bag. Keury De La Cruz overran the baseball in the left-field corner, allowing Ceciliani to score from first base.
Binghamton mustered one last threat against Aaron Kurcz in the ninth. Brian Burgamy walked with one and Jayce Boyd blooped a single inside the right-field line. With the tying run at the plate, Ceciliani and Taijeron flied out, ending Binghamton’s hopes.
The B-Mets look to stave off elimination in Game 4 on Saturday at noon. Rainy Lara opposes right-hander Mike Augliera. Box
ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1 (suspended): Game 2 of the South Atlantic League opening-round series was suspended due to unplayable field conditions with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, and with the Gnats trailing 2-1 and the tying run on second base. The Gnats are five outs from elimination. The game will resume Saturday at 4 p.m. in Savannah. If the Gnats rally to defeat Asheville, a winner-take-all Game 3 will follow at 6 p.m. On Friday, Gnats starter John Gant allowed one run and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. The Tourists broke a 1-all tie in the top of the eighth when Akeel Morris' wild pitch allowed a runner inherited at third base from Dawrin Frias to score. Box
Compiled with team reports