(PR) Binghamton, NY) – Binghamton hit three home runs against Brett Marshall in the first two innings and built a 7-0 lead and the Mets held on late for an 8-5 win over the Trenton Thunder Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Despite the loss, the Thunder’s (77-62) magic number for clinching a playoff the Eastern Division top spot was trimmed to one when Reading fell at Portland.
Marshall (13-7) allowed a two-run home run to Dustin Martin in the first, then back-to-back homers to Wilmer Flores (two-run) and Allan Dykstra (solo) with two outs in the second as the Mets took a commanding early lead. Martin’s RBI triple in the sixth put Binghamton ahead 8-0.
Trenton rallied to score the game’s final five runs, including four in the seventh and one in the eighth on Luke Murton’s 25th long ball of the season. Ryan Fraser recorded a 1-2-3 save (4) in the ninth inning to squelch the comeback attempt.
Greg Peavey (8-8) was aided by four double plays in the first five innings and earned the win for the Mets. He allowed RBI hits to Rob Segedin, Shane Brown and Walter Ibarra in the seventh and nine total base knocks for his night. Segedin and Murton each had a pair of Trenton’s ten hits.
Marshall lasted five innings and was charged with nine hits and seven runs. Ryan Flannery allowed a run in his two innings. Martin had three hits for Binghamton and finished a double shy of the cycle.
Trenton clinches first place in the Eastern Division with a win in game two of the series on Saturday night at 7:05 pm. Right-hander Craig Heyer (2-5, 6.40) is expected to start for Trenton while Binghamton counters with lefty Mark Cohoon (8-10, 3.61). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 pm.