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Brown's offense not enough to power Squirrels past B-Mets

Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored and Mark Cohoon allowed just one earned run in seven innings as the Binghamton Mets (39-46) defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels (41-46) to an 8-4 win in the at The Diamond Friday night. With the win, Binghamton claimed a series victory in the three-game set.

The Flying Squirrels drew first blood with a run in the opening frame. Gary Brown belted a solo home run leading off the ballgame. It was his fourth home run of the season and his second leading off a game.

Richmond maintained its 1-0 edge through the first five frames as a pitchers' duel developed between Richmond starter Mike Kickham and Binghamton's Cohoon. Kickham tossed five scoreless frames and Cohoon matched him pitch for pitch after Brown's leadoff home run in the first.

But the B-Mets broke the game open with four runs in the top of the sixth. Allan Dykstra doubled to start the frame. He advanced to third base on a single from Wilmer Flores. After Kickham issued a walk to Dustin Martin - his fifth free pass of the game - he was lifted for reliever Jake Dunning. Wilfredo Tovar hit an RBI single off Dunning, which plated Dykstra with Binghamton's first run. Juan Centeno followed with an RBI single before Dunning induced a double play ball from Cohoon. However, a run scored on the play and Binghamton added one more run in the inning when Juan Lagares reached on an error by Richmond third baseman Daniel Mayora.

Binghamton added a run in the seventh when Wilmer Flores smacked a solo home run - his second of the season - off Squirrels reliever Tom Vessella. Flores' home run extended the B-Mets' lead to 5-1.

The B-Mets tacked on three more runs in the eighth on five hits. Jefry Marte, who entered the game as a pinch hitter for Cohoon, and Eric Campbell each delivered RBI singles in the inning, which ended with Binghamton holding a commanding 8-1 advantage.

The Flying Squirrels scored a run in the bottom of the eighth when Russ Mitchell scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Nick Liles. Richmond added two more runs in the bottom of the ninth. Mitchell ripped a two-run single off B-Mets reliever Robert Carson with the bases loaded, which brought the Flying Squirrels within four runs of Binghamton. But Carson recovered and retired two of the next three Richmond batters to seal the win.

Cohoon (4-7) earned his fourth win of the season. Kickham (6-7) took the loss after giving up four hits and three earned runs along with five walks and two strikeouts in five innings pitched.

The Squirrels will attempt to end their two-game slide when they square off against the Reading Phillies in the opener of a three-game series Saturday night at The Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM as Richmond RHP Justin Fitzgerald (3-6, 4.45) is slated to start. The R-Phils are expected to counter with RHP Jonathan Pettibone (7-5, 3.27).

Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored and Mark Cohoon allowed just one earned run in seven innings as the Binghamton Mets (39-46) defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels (41-46) to an 8-4 win in the at The Diamond Friday night. With the win, Binghamton claimed a series victory in the three-game set.

The Flying Squirrels drew first blood with a run in the opening frame. Gary Brown belted a solo home run leading off the ballgame. It was his fourth home run of the season and his second leading off a game.

Richmond maintained its 1-0 edge through the first five frames as a pitchers' duel developed between Richmond starter Mike Kickham and Binghamton's Cohoon. Kickham tossed five scoreless frames and Cohoon matched him pitch for pitch after Brown's leadoff home run in the first.

But the B-Mets broke the game open with four runs in the top of the sixth. Allan Dykstra doubled to start the frame. He advanced to third base on a single from Wilmer Flores. After Kickham issued a walk to Dustin Martin - his fifth free pass of the game - he was lifted for reliever Jake Dunning. Wilfredo Tovar hit an RBI single off Dunning, which plated Dykstra with Binghamton's first run. Juan Centeno followed with an RBI single before Dunning induced a double play ball from Cohoon. However, a run scored on the play and Binghamton added one more run in the inning when Juan Lagares reached on an error by Richmond third baseman Daniel Mayora.

Binghamton added a run in the seventh when Wilmer Flores smacked a solo home run - his second of the season - off Squirrels reliever Tom Vessella. Flores' home run extended the B-Mets' lead to 5-1.

The B-Mets tacked on three more runs in the eighth on five hits. Jefry Marte, who entered the game as a pinch hitter for Cohoon, and Eric Campbell each delivered RBI singles in the inning, which ended with Binghamton holding a commanding 8-1 advantage.

The Flying Squirrels scored a run in the bottom of the eighth when Russ Mitchell scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Nick Liles. Richmond added two more runs in the bottom of the ninth. Mitchell ripped a two-run single off B-Mets reliever Robert Carson with the bases loaded, which brought the Flying Squirrels within four runs of Binghamton. But Carson recovered and retired two of the next three Richmond batters to seal the win.

Cohoon (4-7) earned his fourth win of the season. Kickham (6-7) took the loss after giving up four hits and three earned runs along with five walks and two strikeouts in five innings pitched.

The Squirrels will attempt to end their two-game slide when they square off against the Reading Phillies in the opener of a three-game series Saturday night at The Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM as Richmond RHP Justin Fitzgerald (3-6, 4.45) is slated to start. The R-Phils are expected to counter with RHP Jonathan Pettibone (7-5, 3.27).

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