Syracuse, New York State – The Syracuse Mets took advantage of an eighth inning homerun from Brandon Drury to end their 15-game losing streak and beat the Buffalo Bisons, 9-8, Friday night in front of a lively crowd of 4,275 at the NBT Bank Stadium. Drury finished the night with three hits and three RBIs.
Syracuse (12-33) came in late in the eighth inning, 8-7, but the Mets produced magic late in the inning. After Cemeron Maybin hit to start the inning, Khalil Lee shot a walk. Buffalo reliever Hobie Harris then came out of the box to face Drury, and the Syracuse first baseman threw a two-run home run over the center field wall to give Syracuse a 9-8 lead. .
Mets reliever Nick Tropeano had already pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Syracuse and had the ball in hand for the ninth. With one out, Richard Ureña scored a single and Dilson Herrera walked to put the runners on first and second, but Juan Graterol flew to left field for the second out of the set. Tropeano then retired Nash Knight at bat to end the game and preserve the Mets’ lead, ending Syracuse’s 15-game losing streak as the Mets won, 9-8.
The Mets will now look to start a winning streak. Syracuse returns to NBT Bank Stadium on Friday to face Buffalo in Game 5 of the six-game series. Right-hander Robert Stock must start for the Mets against right-hander Connor Overton for the Bisons. The first pitch is at 6:35 p.m.