Buffalo, New York – José Martínez produced the best game of his Major League rehab mission, going 3-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs, but it wasn’t enough as the Syracuse Mets fell to the Buffalo Bisons, 8-4, at Sahlen Field on Wednesday nights.
Buffalo (66-41) hit first with a run late in the first inning. Forrest Wall started with a triple, then Otto Lopez touched down, holding Wall on third base. Tyler White called with an RBI on the ground, scoring Wall to put the Bisons in front, 1-0.
Syracuse (42-65) responded with Martínez’s first home run, a solo shot to lead the start of the second set, which tied the game, 1-1.
Early in the fourth inning, Martínez struck again with another solo homerun to left center field to put the Mets ahead, 2-1.
Buffalo tied things up in the bottom of the fourth. Cullen Large started with a walk, then with Kellin Deglan at home, Large moved up to second on a feint from Syracuse pitcher Zack Godley. Deglan scored an RBI brace to make it a 2-2 game.
Syracuse took the lead at the top of the sixth. José Peraza led out of the frame when he caught a mistake by Buffalo third baseman Nash Knight. With Khalil Lee at bat, Peraza stole second base, then Lee walked to put the runners on first and second without an out. Following Wilfredo Tovar’s withdrawal, Martínez scored his third hit of the night, this time a one-run single to bring Peraza home and give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Lee advanced to third place on the game, and David Thompson knocked Lee home with an RBI Groundout to make Syracuse 4-2.
However, Buffalo responded with a big bottom of the sixth. There were two strikeouts and no one at the base when Knight doubled up. Logan Warmoth followed with a walk, then Wall chose to charge the bases. Franklyn Kilomé came out of the bullpen to replace Godley and gave up a two-run single to Otto Lopez, who tied the score at 4-4. With Tyler White at bat, Lopez stole second place and wide receiver David Rodriguez’s throw ended up in the middle of the field. As a result, Lopez advanced to third base and Wall came home to give the Bisons a 5-4 lead. Whites eventually worked on a goal, then with Gregory Polanco at home, Kilomé threw a wild shot that saw Lopez score as Buffalo increased their lead to two, 6-4.
The Bisons added some leeway in the bottom of the eighth. Lopez started off with a single, then White and Polanco pulled out strikes. Richard Ureña provided a single with two outs, followed by a two-run triple by Large to bring the score to 8-4 Bisons.
Syracuse and Buffalo return to Sahlen Field Thursday night for Game 3 of the series. The first pitch is set at 6:05 p.m.