BRADENTON -- The Bradenton Marauders dropped their fifth straight game on Saturday night, falling 5-4 in 10 innings to the St. Lucie Mets.
The Marauders have played 17 extra-inning games this season, going 9-8 in those games.
The Marauders (31-35) capitalized on two Mets errors in the first inning to plate a run without the benefit of a hit. A third Mets error helped set up Carlos Paulino's RBI-single in the third to put the Marauders on top 2-0.
Matt Benedict turned in a strong five-inning performance on the mound. The right-hander did not allow a run in his first start in more than a month. Benedict allowed four hits and one walk while striking out two.
The Mets got on the board against Quinton Miller in the sixth. Richard Lucas cut the Marauders' lead in half with an RBI-groundout. St. Lucie kept the pressure on with three more runs against Miller in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead.
In the home half of the seventh inning, the Marauders opened the inning with a double from Dan Grovatt and a single by Benji Gonzalez. A wild pitch scored Grovatt, and Gonzalez scored three batters later on a grounder to the right side by Mel Rojas Jr. to tie the score 4-4.
The score remained 4-4 until the 10th. Zach Foster, in his third full inning of relief, allowed a two-out walk to Blake Forsythe. An error followed to put runners at the corners. Cesar Puello blooped an RBI-single into shallow right to give the Mets the lead. Adrian Rosario (W, 3-0) pitched the ninth and 10th for the win.
Bradenton ends its season with a 10 a.m. game against the Mets on Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. All tickets are $1, and a pancake and sausage breakfast is available for an additional $5.